Hi there! I am a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts pursuing my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. I have completed two degrees in Biochemistry and Medical-Biology, with a minor concentration in Neuroscience at the University of New England. I have two years of experience serving as a content tutor at my undergraduate institution. I have worked primarily in small groups (1-3 students), as well as leading review sessions for Anatomy/Pathology/Physiology and Physics courses. I also have experience serving as a teaching assistant for Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry I, and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology laboratory courses. In addition to these teaching experiences, I have been involved in undergraduate research for three years. Further, I have served in the Undergraduate Student Government and have worked closely with my undergraduate institution's tutoring center to enhance course resources and create credit-bearing courses that encourage academic growth and knowledge for students.
Through these experiences, and training through the College Reading and Learning Association, I have gained tremendous experience in communication and relationships between tutor and tutee, strategic learning techniques, program management, and application of my knowledge of neurochemistry guiding learning processes.
My favorite topics to tutor are molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. I enjoy the complex integration of multiple concepts these topics require. Additionally, these fields offer unlimited opportunities for the expression of creativity and curiosity, as there are many facets of this field that are largely unexplored!
My process for tutoring primarily involves understanding the needs of a student and the level of detail required for their course. I integrate the needs of the student and their personal learning styles to encourage an organized self-regulated process that a student can maintain after the appointment. When mentoring students, I employ several different modes of learning such as models, videos, concept mapping, illustration, etc. to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Additionally, I draw from my research experience and teaching assistantships to provide tangible practices in which the theory behind the topic is applied.
Undergraduate Degree: University of New England - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
I am extremely motivated to pursue opportunities that involve science communication to non-scientific audiences. I was heavily involved in Chemistry Club as an undergrad, and through this platform I have presented Green Chemistry activities to elementary and middle school students. Additionally, I have started another hobby since quarantine has started - coding and programming! I am currently learning Python and hope to learn more coding languages.