Michelle Garcia

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Mountain

  • Organization
    The University of Texas at El Paso

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in the coevolution of plants and their microbial inhabitants.

  • Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)
    I have mentored students through the Planting Science program for three semesters.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is that you are always learning new things even when you least expect it. It feels great to be part of the community of people who are trying to solve the puzzles of how the world works.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The hardest part of being a scientist is accepting that not everything you do will work. There is a lot of troubleshooting. You have to figure out where things went wrong and how to fix those mistakes. Things don't work out the way you planned a lot of the time, but it is all part of the journey to finding the answers to your questions.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I really enjoyed science in high school. I was in AP Biology and Chemistry classes, but Biology was always my favorite subject. I was set on attending school for zoology, and I did not find my passion for plants and fungi until I started college.

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
    Botanical Society of America
    Society for the Study of Evolution

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)

  • Preferred Investigation Themes Copy
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)
    Genetics in Arabidopsis (investigation with a model species to track transmission of traits)

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    None of the Above

  • Videoconference Ability
    No

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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