I am passionate about science education and have worked to gain experience in teaching and mentoring student research. While at Penn State University, I have completed a graduate certificate in college teaching and volunteered to serve as a graduate teaching assistant for entomology and ecology courses. My teaching experiences have allowed me to apply the pedagogy I learned in the Penn State Course in College Teaching and develop my own philosophy and strategies for science instruction. For the past two years, I have also mentored undergraduates and a local high-school honors student. During this time, I have helped the students develop and conduct an original research project exploring potential trade-offs between chemical and physical anti-herbivore defenses in goldenrod plants. These experiences have given me an appreciation for the importance of encouraging undergraduate students to pursue research opportunities and prepared me for effectively instructing students and leading a thriving research program.