I have always had a great appreciation for learning and teaching. My current role as a postdoctoral researcher involves mentoring a lot of new students and introducing them to the concepts and experiments we use in our lab. I have significant experience as a teacher and mentor, but also as a learner, so I am very conscientious of how much a student can handle at one time, and how to take different approaches to tackle a problem. There is nothing I love more than helping someone to understand ... [more]
I hold a PhD in Biology. I earned a 5 on the AP Biology exam in high school, and won a full-tuition scholarship for my score on a competitive exam in the subject. I taught Biology as a laboratory TA for 4 years in graduate school, and in my current role as a postdoctoral researcher, I mentor students on a regular basis. I pride myself in my ability to tutor students at all levels, from brand-new learners to advanced graduate students.
I worked in the Writing Center at my high school all 4 years. In college I participated in the Regis University Honors Curriculum, which places a strong emphasis in writing. During this time, I tutored fellow students in the program and helped them with their assignments. Completion of the program required submission of a formal written thesis (available online from the Regis library). At the end of college, I obtained the highest score possible in the writing sections for both the GRE and the MCAT. I then taught for 4 years as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Denver. Finally, I perform regular editing work for co-workers, friends and family members to help them improve the quality of their writing. I have extensive experience helping others with their writing skills, and take great joy in helping to transform rough drafts into admirable essays.
I took advanced courses in English throughout high school and college, during which time I also tutored in this subject. I graduated from Regis University after completion of a philosophy/literature-based thesis. I scored a 5 on the AP English exam, and also obtained top scores in the writing sections of the GRE and MCAT. I have experience helping others to prepare for the writing portions of these exams.
I obtained high scores (90th percentile or greater) on both the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GRE and the highest score attainable in Analytical Writing. I have 4 years of college teaching experience as a laboratory Teaching Assistant, so I am capable of instructing students with varying skill levels. Further, I utilize math and writing skills daily in my job, and have 7 years of experience mentoring graduate students in these skills. I not only possess the ability to obtain high GRE scores, but also the ability to pass those skills on to others.
I joined the Honors Program in middle school as soon as it was available, and was subjected to high standards of writing throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Completed an Honors thesis as an undergraduate, and a dissertation as a graduate student to earn my PhD in Biology. Spent 4 years as a Teaching Assistant, grading and revising papers for students. Currently, I spend hours assisting graduate students and faculty with editing of their papers and grant proposals on a monthly basis.
While obtaining my PhD in Biology, I utilized Microbiology techniques to perform research, and acted as a Teaching Assistant for the university course in Microbiology for 2 years. In addition to teaching concepts and techniques, I helped students understand the real-world applications for the course material, and prepare independent projects, experiments, and formal lab reports.
I taught 4 years of Genetics Laboratory classes as the Teaching Assistant at the University of Denver while obtaining my PhD in Biology. I designed and presented/administered PowerPoint slides, quizzes and lectures. My dissertation also included a significant amount of genetics research in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, and genetic manipulation including PCR- and vector-based cloning.