Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

At the University of Colorado Boulder, I taught middle school, high school, and college students. I also attended teaching and learning pedagogy courses. See the following list below for details:

  • During Spring 2016, I co-taught “Science in the Public Sphere.” This course teaches senior STEM students to communicate their science outside of academia. As part of the course, students wrote a “white paper” assignment. My job was to help them target their white paper to a specific audience.
  • In the summer of 2015, I co-taught two biotechnology classes to high school students with Dr. Liz Specht through the CU Science Discovery program. These classes had a heavy laboratory component (students were taught basic molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory techniques) and included a visit to a local biotech company, a career panel with scientists in various stages of their careers, and independent projects where students designed their own organism to solve a global problem or debated on current ethical biotechnology issues.
    Sarah teaching high school students through CU Science Discovery
  • In Spring 2015, I attended a weekly Teaching in Science seminar to gain skills in science pedagogy and active learning activities.
  • From 2009-2015, I worked in the SMART program every summer. Ever year, I worked with ~25 STEM undergraduate students. I designed and taught workshops for poster presentation skills, grant writing, and experimental design. I also advised individual students on scientific writing and oral presentation skills and assisted students with the development of three minute “elevator” speeches.
  • During the 2008-2009 school year, I was a teaching assistant for General Chemistry and Honors General Chemistry. As a General Chemistry TA, I was responsible for running recitation and helping the students with the lab activity. I had similar roles for the Honors General Chemistry position but I also wrote my own recitation materials and lab questions for each exam.
  • I have worked with students in the Colorado I have a Dream program. I co-designed and taught a genetics workshop for middle school students and I also assisted students in other genetics and optics workshops.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Puget Sound, I was a teaching assistant for a General Chemistry lab and a Physical Chemistry course. For these jobs, I helped students with labwork or homework.

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Mentoring Experience

At the University of Colorado Boulder, I mentored nine first year graduate students during their rotation projects in the Palmer lab. I mentored one undergraduate student from the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department with an independent research project. Finally, I helped two undergraduate students with summer research projects through the SMART program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
During all of these mentoring opportunities, I designed a small project for my students to work on and then guided them to become independent researchers. By the end of the project, almost all of my students could perform all of the tasks involved in the project without my help (including being able to use at least one of the microscopes within our microscopy core).

I also have experience as a tutor. At the University of Colorado Boulder, I tutored undergraduate students in General Chemistry. While at the University of Puget Sound, I worked at the tutoring center and I was both a chemistry and a biology tutor during my last two years of undergraduate work. In this setting, I worked one on one with students and held chemistry and biology group sessions where students could drop in and get help from me or their peers.

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