Mentoring

I view providing quality inclusive mentorship as a critical component of teaching and research. I have been involved in a variety of mentorship programs at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

During undergrad, I served as a mentor for two summers for Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY) program at Oregon State University. Through this program, I mentored women and underrepresented high school students through a week-long project involving the emulsification of hydrophobic drugs. This experience provides students with the opportunity to perform hands-on research in a university laboratory and present their research at a poster session.

During my PhD, I guided three undergraduate students and one visiting master’s student through independent research projects. I worked directly with the students to develop project ideas that aligned with their interests, and connected them with professional development resources and opportunities to present their research. I have guided my trainees through preparing master’s thesis reports, presenting at the UC Berkeley undergraduate poster symposium, and co-authoring peer-reviewed publications.

As a postdoctoral fellow, I have formally trained and mentored two graduate students and one postdoc, and informally trained many others. The enjoyable process of helping students develop hypothesis-driven research questions has solidified my desire to mentor PhD students as a professor.

2011 Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY) Participants. Mentors, and Volunteers.