My research interests include: i) Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) in introductory biology courses; ii) Undergraduate laboratory assistants as Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) mentors; and iii) Metacognitive factors that motivate undergraduate students to become attracted to and persist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
I currently serve as the co-director for our Institutional Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education grant. The overarching theme for this grant is to create more scientifically literate citizens. We are doing this by infusing research in the Biology curriculum and offering an interdisciplinary STEM course to non-STEM majors. I am also the PI on the HBCU as Leaders in STEM and Education grant from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. The goal of this grant is to utilize peer mentors for 2000 level BIOL and MATH courses to enhance student success.
TEACHING: Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Biology Department (2006) & Award for Teaching Excellence, NCCU (2007)
SERVICE: Chair, Institutional Review Board & Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee