BA, Reed College
M. Ed., National Louis University
- Ph. D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Honors Classes Taught:
Fundamentals of Biology
Scholarly Interests/Specialties, Recent Publications or Research Projects:
Plant molecular population genetics; seed and pollen dispersal in bur oak.
Why do you teach in the Honors Program?
I enjoy the challenge of trying out new labs and guiding students through the research process.
What makes the Honors courses you teach unique?
The labs in the Honors section are more student-driven than in the regular sections. Students have more opportunities to develop and carry out experiments that they have designed. There are also more field experiences and more practice with analysis and presentation of data.
How can taking Honors courses at MCC prepare students to be successful at four-year universities or in their chosen careers?
Honors classes help students develop many critical thinking skills necessary to college success—reading and interpreting primary literature, collecting and analyzing data, writing and speaking about results.