Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
Ever since I was in elementary school, learning about biology was one of my favorite things to do. Whether it be swimming in the ocean, or playing with bugs in the yard, or walking in the woods, I enjoyed being outside and experiencing nature. Once I got to college, and started studying biology, I realized that I would only be happy with my career if I was making a contribution to scientific knowledge. I saw it as part of my life goal to understand as much as I could about biology in order to make at least one significant discovery. At some point I realized that this choice was scary. It takes a lot of effort and sacrifice to become a good scientist. But I decided that it was worth it, and to believe that I could make a difference.
Part of this conviction is what motivates me to work with younger students, too. Convincing young people that there is a place in science for them is the first step in cultivating a love for discovery.