My teaching philosophy stems from the old adage of “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” This philosophy demonstrates the value of training students in the process of learning and problem solving rather than emphasizing the acquisition of content knowledge. Learning how to approach a problem is particularly relevant for the challenges of analyzing complex biological systems. Additionally, the value of learning to synthesize information into useful knowledge extends beyond the classroom, to developing empowered citizens with the intellectual skills to critically evaluate data and make informed decisions.
I actively encourage my students to extend their learning beyond the classroom by participating in research. In my experience, research added depth to my education by providing an opportunity to apply my knowledge and problem-solving skills. My goal as a mentor is to foster supported independence so that my students gain confidence and feel a sense of ownership for their accomplishments. I am committed to continuing to integrate research and science education, with the goal of supporting a diversity of aspiring scientists through my career.
Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016LectureLaboratory
Spring 2018, Spring 2017LectureLaboratory
Fall 2009, Spring 2008Laboratory
Fall 2007, Fall 2006Laboratory