Greetings students, parents, and fellow associates! My name is Kelvin, a resident of the Bay Area, recent high honors graduate of UC Merced's Natural Sciences Department, and most importantly, an enthusiastic individual that is prepared to establish a career path along the lines of academics. My area of expertise is primarily biological sciences, which is an umbrella major that covers rudimentary biology, microbiology, genetics, protein synthesis, virology (in relation to living organisms), a... [more]
I am fascinated by the complexity of life through the lens of biology. My curiosity in this field of study contributed to my success in biology courses throughout college. My main focus for my degree is human biology, which covers several rudimentary biology courses all the way up to microbiology. I am confident that I will be able to impart some of the strategies and studying tips that I have honed during college as means to help students improve their understanding of biology.
Writing is one of my greatest passion apart from biological studies. I spend a lot of time constructing meaningful pieces of writing through my hobby of writing poems, stories, blogs, article reviews, research papers, manuscripts, etc. In college, I was placed in a higher level writing course that focused on building argumentative essays and later, transitioned into an upper division scientific writing course that primarily focused on structuring scientific papers and translating critical information via data analysis.
Physiology is the most challenging course offered at the University of California, Merced. However, I was able to achieve the highest grade (A) in a class of 95 students, and recognized by my professor as an active and engaging member of the classroom. I have taught physiology to a large group of peers and provided a variety of studying tips that helped many of these individuals improve their grades by an entire letter grade in the course. I am absolutely confident in this subject and I will be happy to provide you with all the tools for success.
I have taken and mastered a rigorous upper division Ecology course with a renowned professor at the University of California, Merced. Through this course, I have a strong grasp of an array of ecological concepts, ranging from weather patterns, oceanography, plant/animal diversity, ecological interactions, and have even went on several field trips to do field work.
Achieving the highest grade in microbiology - among a class of 120 students - was one of my greatest accomplishments. Microbiology is a very sophisticated subject that examine the smallest biological machineries that make life possible, and I am confident that I have all the tools to help students ace this subject. As a human biology major, I have recycled many microbiological concepts throughout the various required upper division courses, and therefore, I am very knowledgeable and well-versed with this subject.
Leading up to my degree in human biology, I have been exposed to the field of genetics for over three years. Many of my upper division courses were centralized around genetics research, including the structures and functions of genes, gene mapping, recombination of genes at various loci, Mendelian genetics, gene expression, gene regulation, and epigenetics, etc. Moreover, I have several months of experience in a genetics research lab where mentors, PI's, and professors would demonstrate the process of genetic recombination and gene mapping using microscopic analysis and fluorescent gene markers.