Teaching & Mentoring

I helped develop the curriculum, lab exercises, field trips and instrumental procedures for MIT’s 12.335/12.835 Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry course in its first year (2007). I have TA’d the course four times (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011); departmental award for excellence in teaching for 2008. About the course.

During the 2011 summer I advised MIT undergraduate student Deepa Rao at Harvard Forest through the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) on this project. I continued to mentor Deepa through the 2011-2012 academic year on her senior thesis project, for which she won the Christopher Goetze Prize for Undergraduate Research. The award recognizes “ innovative experimental design, care in data collection, and sensitive application of results to research problems.” See details on Deepa’s award. During the spring semester of 2012 I mentored a second UROP student on a metagenomic data analysis project.

I also taught a unit on the flora and fauna of Mt. Washington for an orientation program in our department at MIT (details).

At Stanford I am mentoring a student through the Summer Undergraduate Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE), which is specifically designed to recruit students of diverse backgrounds from other universities across the country.


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