Teaching & Mentorship

July 2020 - Present

Cientifico Latino Graduate Student Mentor

Mentor for Cientifico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Initiative (GSMI) program. The mission of this program is to help underrepresented graduate school applicants by pairing them with current graduate students or STEM professionals in their field.  As a mentor, I help GSMI applicants throughout their graduate school application process by providing feedback on application materials (e.g. personal statement and CV) and address any questions they may have about the application process. 

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January 2020 - May 2020

Graduate Student Instructor, MCB165

Graduate student instructor for MCB 165 Neurobiology of Disease. Topics included the cellular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric disorders and neurodegeneration. Supported Helen Bateup, Stephan Lammel, and Robin Ball in executing lesson plans, guiding journal club discussions, grading, and providing individual attention to students in office hours.

August 2019 - May 2020

MCB Undergraduate Thesis Mentor

Mentor for an MCB undergraduate student completing an independent research project. Trained student in data collection and analysis techniques. Supervised data collection and analysis for an independent research project. Provided guidance on the development and completion of a thesis project.

August 2018 - December 2018

Graduate Student Instructor, MCB c261

Graduate student instructor for MCB C261 Drugs & the Brain. Topics included the introductory botany, chemistry, cell biology, physiology, psychology, sociology, and public policy associated with psychoactive drugs. Supported David Presti in executing lesson plans, preparing lecture material, leading discussion sections, grading, and providing individual attention to students with diverse academic backgrounds in office hours.

August 2019 - Present

Helen Wills Neuroscience Peer Mentor

Peer mentor for the Helen Wills Neuroscience Graduate Program. Incoming students are paired with current graduate students to serve as mentors and provide guidance throughout their first year of graduate school. Monthly meetings to check in on progress, rotation projects, and general questions.

August 2017 - May 2018

Bay Area Scientists in Schools

Bay Area Scientists In Schools (BASIS) is a volunteer program that provides free, in-class science lessons led by scientists and engineers to students in grades K-6. The goal is to engage students with hands-on learning experiences and to make science interactive and fun! I helped to develop new lesson plans and visited local elementary schools once a month to teach lessons.

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January 2017 - May 2017

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, STA371H

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for STA371, Honors Statistics & Modeling. Statistical modeling and data analysis course for undergraduate students in the Business Honors Program. Supported James Scott by holding weekly three-hour review sessions.

January 2016 - May 2016

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, SDS325H

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for SDS325H, Honors Statistics. Topics in the course included exploratory data analysis, basic probability, classical inference, and modeling with the use of R. Supported James Scott by holding weekly three-hour review sessions.

August 2014 - December 2014,
August 2016 - December 2016

Peer Mentor, UGS303

Undergraduate peer mentor for UGS303, Originality in the Arts and Sciences (Research Methods). This class served as an introduction to research methods for students in the College of Natural Sciences honors programs. Supported Arturo De Lozanne by running lab activities, supervising students in a laboratory setting, and providing guidance on students' group and independednt projects.


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