Student Research Symposium

Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 9am-12pm

Student Bios

Numerous students were on campus at Cal Lutheran conducting research through the summer. Some were volunteers; others were funded by fellowships or departmental funds. The biographies that follow include primarily those students who were officially funded with the assistance of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship to conduct mentored scholarly projects, full time throughout the summer.


Jennifer Anderson

Major: Physics and Mathematics
Class: 2018
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Jennifer Anderson is from Simi Valley, CA. She is a junior, pursuing a BS in Physics and Mathematics. Upon graduating, she plans to enter a PhD program in Physics. Eventually, she would like to work as a professor at a university. Jennifer says, “This summer challenged me to work independently and solve problems that do not have an answer yet.  I learned to speak to others about my work in a way that is easily understandable, a skill that will help me in my professional career. I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity that helped me grow as a scholar and a person.” Jennifer’s mentor was Dr. John Deisz and her work was funded by the Darling Summer Research Fellowship for Applied Scientific Computing.


Shaleena Bautista

Major: Communication-Public Relations
Class: 2017
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Shaleena Bautista is from Simi Valley, CA. She is a senior, pursuing a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school, where she will pursue an MBA. Her long-term professional goals include working for a corporation doing Public Relations. In regards to the summer research experience, Shaleena says, “This summer gave me a greater understanding for research in the field of Communication and Public Relations. I’ve learned more skills that I can apply in my academic and professional future such as time management, problem solving, data analysis, deductive reasoning, and critical analysis. This project really helped me get a taste for what grad school will be like.” Dr. Jean Kelso Sandlin and Dr. Monica Gracyalny mentored her and her project was funded by the Culver Research Fellowship for Communication. 


Nicholas Bui

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, minor in Mathematics
Class: 2018
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Nicholas Bui is from Simi Valley, CA. He is a junior, pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Mathematics. After graduation, he hopes to attend Medical School where he will pursue an MD. Thinking back to the Summer Research Program, Nicholas says, “This research program has helped me solve a scientific puzzle systematically. I have learned how to be meticulous with sample preparation and have gained the knowledge necessary to operate a MiSeq sequencer.  Over the course of my research, I have learned more than I could have ever anticipated and have made good relationships with my professors. After this experience, I feel prepared and eager to continue research.” Nicholas’s mentor was Dr. Dennis Revie and his work was funded by a Swenson Summer Research Fellowship. 


Henry Bulmer

Major: Computer Science and Criminal Justice
Class: 2017
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Henry Bulmer is a senior from Santa Clarita, CA. He is pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Criminal Justice. After graduation he hopes to find work right away as a software developer or engineer. Eventually he would like to work at a large tech company. Henry says, “This summer has forced me to work with new technologies and large codebases which will be crucial at any future place of employment. Furthermore, I have learned all about the process of creating a large application and how to iteratively improve upon my work.” His project was developed under the guidance of Dr. Chang-Shyh Peng and funded by the Darling Foundation.


Nathaniel Burola

Major: Environmental Science, minor in Political Science
Class: 2018
Hometown: Toulon, France

Nathaniel Burola’s hometown is located in Toulon, France. Currently, he is a junior with a major in Environmental Science, and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduating, he plans to enter a Masters Exchange program in a field related to Environmental Science where he can spend time in California, and also other locations potentially in Asia or Europe. In addition, the next step in his plan for his education is to go to a PhD program. Eventually, he would like to end up teaching part-time or full-time at universities around the world in his field as a traveling professor while working as an environmental consultant for various organizations including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  Nathaniel says, “My research experience this summer at California Lutheran University has enabled me to develop a variety of skills which will be useful in future courses and research projects related to Environmental Science. I feel as if I have grown as an undergraduate researcher as I know now what it means to rigorously pursue research with all the difficulties and obstacles that one must learn to overcome with critical thinking skills. I believe that doing research at this stage in one’s education benefits a student greatly as the experience allows you to forge personal connections with faculty mentors that will be instrumental for future careers outside of the classroom.” His project was mentored by Dr. Andrea Huvard and Professor Tessa Page.  He was funded by a fellowship from the Swenson Summer Research Program.


Anacecilia Ceja

Major: Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Salinas, CA

Anacecilia Ceja is from Salinas, CA.  She is a junior working towards a degree in Biology. Upon, graduating she hopes to attend veterinary school where she will receive a doctorate in animal medicine. It has been her lifelong goal to become a veterinarian and to eventually work at an animal hospital or zoo. From her summer research, Anacecilia says, “This summer has been a great experience. My research combines the best of both worlds for me - animals and bacteria! I learned quickly that patience, persistence and critical thinking were necessary when conducting research. I feel these qualities will aid me to achieve my goal of becoming a veterinarian. California Lutheran University gave me an opportunity I never imagined myself having. ” Anacecilia’s mentor was Dr. Theresa Rogers and her research was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.


Joseph Cronin

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Joseph Cronin is a junior from Moorpark, California. He is currently pursuing his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Following graduation, he hopes to pursue his PhD in some variety of Neuroscience. His long term professional goals include doing research for a company like Amgen, although he suspects that he might find rewarding work in academia at some point. When asked about his summer research experience, Joseph says, "This summer has taught me a lot about working effectively in a lab setting, especially in regards to finding creative routes around roadblocks. I also feel that this experience has taught me valuable lessons in independence and resource management." Joseph's mentor was Dr. Jason Kingsbury and his research was funded by the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.


Brittany Davis

Major: Exercise Science
Class: 2017
Hometown: Atascadero

Brittany Davis is from Atascadero, CA. She is a senior, pursuing a BS in Exercise Science. Following graduation, she plans to enter a program specializing in Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy. Her future goal is to work as a Massage Therapist at either a Health and Wellness Center or a Rehabilitation Clinic. Brittany says, “This summer gave me the opportunity to grow as a professional and taught me how to handle hectic situations with a sense of ease and confidence. I have a much greater understanding of what it takes to complete a research project and how important it is to be self-disciplined. I feel like this summer has helped me prepare to succeed in the future.” Her project was mentored by Dr. Michele LeBlanc and was funded by a Swenson Summer Research Fellowship.


Lauren DuCasse

Major: Communication-Advertising & Public Relations
Class: 2018
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Lauren DuCasse is from Simi Valley, CA. She is a junior, pursuing a BA in Communication with an emphasis on Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Sociology.  Following graduation, she plans to enter a master's program in Communications and her career goal is to work for a large corporation as a public relations specialist. In regard to the experience of summer research, Lauren says, “Through my research, I have learned the importance of perseverance when encountering an obstacle. What matters isn’t the fact that things didn’t work out as planned, but rather how you react in the face of difficulty. I feel as though this summer prepared me to overcome circumstances that may confront me in my future career.” Lauren’s mentors were Dr. Jean Sandlin and Dr. Monica Gracyalny, and their research was funded by a Culver Summer Research Fellowship for Behavioral Science.


Kacey Egusa

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Auburn, CA

Kacey Egusa is from Auburn, CA. She is a junior, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Physics. Upon graduation, she hopes to be involved with a long-term research program for at least two years before applying to a joint MD/PhD program. Her professional goal is to earn an MD/PhD, which is a dual doctoral degree for a physician–scientist that will include working in clinical medicine and medical research. Of the summer research experience, Kacey says, “This opportunity meant a great deal to my undergraduate career. This fellowship allowed me to further investigate my passion for scientific research and showed me what it takes to be an innovative, skilled, and professional researcher. During this fellowship I was surprised to learn more about myself as I completed this research. I learned that I have the capability to approach a problem that may arise during an experiment and reconsider and evaluate ideas that can improve my technique.” Kacey’s mentor was Dr. Robert Richards and her work was funded by the Swenson Sumer Research Fellowship.


George French

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Bellevue, WA

George French was born and raised in Bellevue, WA. As a junior at California Lutheran University, he is pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduation, George hopes to attend Dental School where he will work to obtain a DDS. Long term, he aspires to become an endodontist and eventually open his own practice in the Pacific Northwest. George commented, “This summer research opportunity has provided me with hands on experience and crucial skills and knowledge needed to preform effectively in a research laboratory while also helping me to grow as a strong individual. This experience has taught me the importance of composure, determination, and curiosity when adversity presents itself, inside and outside the laboratory.” George’s project was mentored by Dr. Jason Kingsbury and his work was funded by a fellowship form the John Stauffer Research Fellows Program in the Chemical Sciences for the 2016 summer.


Edom Wallelign Gelaw

Major: Biochemistry, minor in Mathematics
Class: 2017
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Edom Wallelign Gelaw is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a senior studying Bioengineering with a minor in Mathematics. After graduation, she plans to work in the field of Bioengineering, preferably in a lab setting. In the long term, she aspires to become a physician and genuinely serve patients. Of the summer research experience, Edom says, “I have been exposed to the privilege of making independent professional decisions and taking responsibility of the outcomes. I learned that patience is a key aspect in any research when I got unexpected results and challenges during the first couple weeks. This summer fellowship was a great opportunity for me as I started on a research topic that I can expand on during my senior year as a capstone project. I learned professionalism from the gatherings with other research fellows and their mentors over the summer.” Edom’s project was mentored by Professor Candace Kelman and was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship. 


Melissa Gonzalez

Major: Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Sylmar, CA

Melissa Gonzalez is from a small town called Sylmar located in Southern California. She is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, she hopes to enter a graduate program for Public Health and Administration. Her long-term plans include becoming a Clinical Project Manager and hopefully an Administrator of Health. Of the summer research, Dr. Robert Richards was her mentor and she was generously funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship. Of her experience, she says, “Throughout this experience I have grown as a person, a student, and a friend. I made connections with other students who shared the same values and aspirations as me, teachers who cared to widen my knowledge and a mentor who never doubted me and made me believe the sky was the limit. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities, knowledge, and memories that I have acquired over my summer research.”


Karie Portillo Guerra

Major: Communications- Film & Television Production and Marketing Communications, minor in Spanish
Class: 2017
Hometown: Ventura, CA

Karie Portillo Guerra is from Ventura, CA. She is a senior, with a double major in Communications with a concentration in Film and Television Production and Marketing Communications, with a minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, she plans on pursuing a graduate education in Integrated Marketing Communications, preferably somewhere abroad, or acquiring a position heavily involved in film and television marketing. Her long-term professional goals are to work as a marketing producer for a major network, or working in the area of broadcast journalism as a news producer. Of the summer research experience, Karie says, “Summer research at Cal Lutheran has helped me grow in many ways. Through summer undergraduate research, I have learned how to organize the creation of a short film from pre-production to post-production. I feel like this summer taught me how to be well organized in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from being meticulous with small details, knowing how to manage time down to the last minute, to knowing to always be prepared with a backup plan. I strongly feel that participating in summer research has prepared me for future projects in the industry, as well as allowed me to further develop both personal and professional skills that will benefit me greatly in the future.” Karie’s mentor was Professor David Grannis and her work was funded by the Culver Summer Research Fellowship in the Behavioral Sciences. 


Matthew Guerrero

Major: Bioengineering, minor in Mathematics
Class: 2017
Hometown: Rocklin, CA

Matthew Guerrero is from Rocklin, CA. He is a senior pursuing a BS in Bioengineering and a minor in Math.  He plans on attending graduate school where he will pursue a PhD in Bioengineering.  His long-term career plan is to work as a research scientist for a biotechnology company such as Amgen, Inc.  Of the summer research experience, Matt says, “I was challenged to apply my studies in the research setting.  I learned many skills essential to performing research in my field including experimental design, critical analysis, and professionalism.  This experience has been invaluable toward my growth as a research student.  California Lutheran University encourages and supports undergraduate research and I am grateful to have had such a wonderful opportunity.”  Matthew’s mentor was Dr. Chad Barber and his work was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship. 


Karam Malki Hajjar

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Al-hassakeh, Syria

Karam grew up in a small town located in northeastern Syria called Al-hassakeh. He moved out of his country four years ago because of political conflicts in that region. He is a junior at California Lutheran University working towards obtaining a BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Upon graduation, he plans on joining a graduate program where he will be pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. His long-term professional plans include working for pharmaceutical companies or perhaps continuing research. Of his summer experience, Karam says “This summer has taught me what it is like to be a researcher and live the life of a graduate student. I have gained a lot of skills that are practiced daily in graduate school and will allow me to pursue high levels of education.” This summer, Karam worked with Dr. Kingsbury in efforts to synthesize phenyl-substituted vinyl aziridine and creating a novel methodology for the behavior of such molecules. Karam was funded by the Stauffer Research Fellows Program.


Miranda Hutt

Major: Chemistry
Class: 2017
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Miranda Hutt is from Santa Clarita, CA. She is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. Upon graduation she hopes to immediately begin work in either LA County or Ventura County Crime lab as a criminalist investigating drugs, blood, gun residue, etc. Her long-term goal is to become a senior criminalist and an expert that is able to testify in court on high profile court cases. Miranda worked under the direction of Dr. Katherine Hoffmann and received a John Stauffer Research Fellowship. On the summer research experience, Miranda says, “Being able to get full time lab experience will be beneficial to my future career and allowed me to get a sense of what the future holds. I was able to advance my knowledge for not only my academics but for all of my future endeavors. I was trained on various machines that will be utilized in my career, and I have learned how to work independently in the lab.” She is extremely grateful for all of the opportunities that California Lutheran University has provided for her. 


Mary Jarjour

Major: Biology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Mary Jarjour is from Thousand Oaks, CA. She is a junior, pursuing a BS in Biology. Following graduation, she plans to apply to a nursing program, with a long-term career goal of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse. In the future, she is thinking about entering a Masters or PhD program in nursing and using that degree to strive toward a career in academia. Mary says, “The summer research program will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of my college education. I gained valuable research experience, in particular learning how to troubleshoot and problem solve. Research this summer also taught me how to communicate my ideas in an effective and scientific manner. I have developed skills that will not only benefit me throughout the rest of my time at CLU, but they will be an advantage in post-college endeavors.” Mary’s project was mentored by Dr. Chad Barber and was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship. 


Kristiann Jones

Major: Communications, minor in Multimedia
Class: 2017
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Kristiann Jones’s hometown is Seattle, WA. She is a senior pursuing a BA in Communications with a minor in Multimedia. Upon graduating, she hopes to work in the film and television industry in Post Production. Her eventual goal is to work as an editor for either film or television. Kristiann says, “I feel like I have learned more about what it takes to work on a full production. I’ve also gained a lot of patience working on this project. This experience has given me professional skills that I’ll need in the workforce.” She has worked with Professor David Grannis during this eight-week experience and her work was funded by the Culver Fellowship.


Kimya Ladan Karimi

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class: 2017
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA

Kimya Ladan Karimi is from Sherman Oaks, California. She is a senior, pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school, where she will pursue a MD. Her long-term goal is to become a physician working in the Los Angeles area. From her research experience, Kimya says, “I have gained a deeper knowledge in the field of Biochemistry and have made improvements on fine motor as well as problem-solving skills, which I can bring along with me to medical school. The disciplined lab environment helped me improve my endurance and patience when approaching new tasks. Research has made me realize that I am ready for the challenges coming my way in medical school.” Kimya’s mentor was Dr. Katherine Hoffmann and the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship funded her project.


Kaelen Kay

Major: Biology, minor is Psychology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA

Kaelen Kay’s hometown is Laguna Hills, CA. She is a junior with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. After graduating from undergraduate school she plans to attend Medical school and her goal is to one day become a Surgical Oncologist. Kaelen says, “This summer gave me an opportunity to become comfortable working in a lab setting. I learned so much this summer because the work was all hands-on and I was given the opportunity to conduct an entire project on my own. It was an incredible opportunity that I feel honored to have been able to be a part of.” Kaelen’s mentor is Dr. Theresa Rogers and she was supported by the Jung Summer Research Fellowship for Biological Science. 


Christopher Ortiz

Major: Physics
Class: 2019
Hometown: Canyon Country, CA

Christopher Ortiz is from Canyon Country, CA. He is a sophomore, pursuing a BS in Physics. Upon graduating, he plans to enter an Engineering Program, where he will pursue a Master's Program in Aerospace Engineering. His long-term professional plans include either working for a prestigious company like JPL or NASA, or becoming involved in research in the field of aerospace. Of the summer research experience, Christopher says, “This summer, in my second year at California Lutheran University, I feel like a completely different person in comparison to when I left high school. I have learned how to persevere by finding different angles to attack problems that refuse to be solved. The minimal supervision in summer research is a taste of how many real jobs will be, and having experienced it now has prepared me for the future.” Christopher’s mentor was Dr. John Deisz and his work was funded by the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.


Sarah Pappas

Major: Exercise Science-health professions
Class: 2017
Hometown: Reno, NV

Sarah Pappas is from Reno, Nevada. She is a senior majoring in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in health professions. After graduating from CLU, she plans on applying to nursing school to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. Sarah says: “Participating in research this summer has allowed me to become familiar with the research process and has exposed me to some pretty impressive equipment, such as our advanced motion capture system and force plates. Additionally, I have been privileged enough to work with some great people, both on a daily basis in the lab, and with our various subjects.” Her project was mentored by Dr. Michele LeBlanc and was funded by a fellowship from the Swenson Summer Research Fellowship Program.


Teerth Patel

Major: Physics, minor in Mathematics
Class: 2017
Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Teerth Patel Is from Moorpark, CA and is a senior pursuing a BS in Physics and a Minor in Mathematics. Upon graduating from CLU Teerth wishes to get into a graduate program in mechanical engineering and earn a Masters or PhD. Eventually he would like to pursue a career as an Engineer. Teerth says, “This summer has had a major impact on my thinking and has opened my eyes to what I want to pursue as a career, the research opportunity has also given me the chance to be a better communicator of my particular field of study.” His project was mentored by Dr. Joel Berrier and was funded by the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.  


Cian Power

Major: Biology
Class: 2017
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Cian Power's home town is Thousand Oaks, CA. She is a senior with a major in Biology. Upon graduating, she plans on entering the research work field. Eventually she would like to pursue medical school. Cian Says, “I feel like I have learned how to remain disciplined and independent. It allows me to be in the lab doing or assisting with things I want to do in the work field”. Her project was mentored by Dr. Dennis Revie and was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.


Chandler Ramirez

Major: Interdisciplinary Education Studies, minor in Spanish
Class: 2018
Hometown: Canoga Park, CA

 Chandler Ramirez is from Canoga Park, CA. Currently she is a junior at Cal Lutheran studying Interdisciplinary Education Studies, with a minor in Spanish. Following graduation, she plans to attend Grad school for her Masters. She also plans to further her Spanish education by immersing herself in a study abroad program or even a classroom where the Spanish is a first language. Eventually she has hopes of working in a classroom, specifically Transitional Kindergarten or First Grade. She says of the fellowship, "None of this would have been possible without the endless support of Dr. McCambridge and the SURF program. Never did I ever think that I would be asked or given the opportunity to conduct research so when I had the chance, I was more than excited. Throughout this entire experience this summer, alongside with my partner and best friend, I feel that I have grown so much and I gained so much knowledge that will without a doubt help me in preparing for my future." Chandler's mentor was Dr. McCambridge and her research was funded by the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Educational Studies.


Benjamin Russell

Major: Mathematics and Physics
Class: 2017
Hometown: La Habra, CA

Benjamin Russell is a senior from La Habra, California. He is a double major in both Mathematics and Physics. After graduating he hopes to enter into a PhD program for cosmology. His long-term career plans include continuing to work in research on a future gravitational wave detector. Benjamin says, “Before this summer, I was skeptical about continuing my education. This project showed me that research can be both fun and rewarding. I have decided to devote my efforts in continuing my education into a PhD program." His project was mentored by Dr. Joel Berrier and was funded by the Darling Summer Research Fellowship for Scientific Computing.


Christina Sharkey

Major: Biology, minor in Chemistry and Mathematics
Class: 2017
Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Christina Sharkey is originally from China and moved to Mill Valley, CA when she was 12 years old. She is a senior, with a major in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Mathematics. Upon graduation, she hopes to either enter a MD program or complete a PhD in Genetics. Eventually, she would like to become an OB-GYN or Clinical Researcher for the Air Force. Christina says “The Swenson Summer Research experience gave me the opportunity to see what is like to work in a lab. Not only did I learn how to design research experiments, I also learned how to face the challenges that came along the way with my mentor. The experience helped me discover a passion and fulfill my curiosity in the world of Scientific Research.” Christina’s project was mentored by Dr. Kenneth Long and was funded by a Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship. 


Savannah Sipes

Major: Chemistry and Physics
Class: 2018
Hometown: Newbury Park, CA

Savannah Sipes is from Newbury Park, CA. She is currently a junior, pursuing BS degrees in both Chemistry and Physics. After her time at CLU, she hopes to continue her education in a PhD program in Environmental Chemistry. Her long-term professional plans include working to help create and improve alternative energy sources. When asked about her summer research experience, Savannah said, “Being a part of summer research opened up my eyes to the fundamentals of research. I am now more equipped with knowledge and skills to tackle difficult chemical and technical problems. Also, I feel more confident in myself as a researcher and scientist.” Savannah’s mentor was Dr. Grady Hanrahan and his work was funded by the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship.


Stefanie Sixtos

Major: Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics
Class: 2017
Hometown: Kennewick, WA

Stefanie Sixtos is from Kennewick, WA. She is a senior pursuing a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. Upon graduating, she hopes to either pursue an MS in Robotics or Computer Engineering, or finding a job within the Computer Science field. In the future, she’d like to pursue a career as a Computer Systems Analyst. Stefanie says, “This summer taught me not to be ashamed to fail, it’s okay to go to someone and tell them you’ve made a mistake. Instead of being embarrassed or angry, learn from it and keep moving forward. I now feel prepared to tackle on any future projects or challenges I may face in the future.” Stefanie’s mentor this summer was Dr. Craig Reinhart and her work was funded by the Darling Research Fellowship for Applied Computing.


Bailey Wineman

Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, with a minor in math and psychology
Class: 2018
Hometown: Orcutt, CA

Bailey Wineman’s hometown is Orcutt, CA. She is a junior, pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies with a minor in both math and psychology. Upon graduating, she plans to get her teaching credential and then teach at the elementary level or become a high school math teacher. Bailey says, “This summer, research has taught me the extreme importance of knowing your students. Many teachers believe that it is only important to know the knowledge needed to be relayed to the students, but many don’t realize how much more beneficial and crucial it is to know the students themselves and understand where they come from, what effects their learning and what techniques help them learn best.” Bailey’s mentor was Dr. McCambridge and her research was funded by the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Educational Studies.

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