Tilly M Duong

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  • Time Zone
    Pacific

  • Organization
    California State University, Fresno

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    As we interact virtually for the foreseeable future, I am interested in designing learning experiences that support continuous student interest in the environment and natural world that are relevant to their own lives. My research attempts to understand how virtual science learning field trips change student perceptions of their role in the natural world and environment.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    My passion for ecology can be traced back to my first biology college course, where a field trip to the Mojave Desert taught me that there were infinite questions to be asked in ecological research. I found an insect gall on a creosote bush (a desert plant) and became mesmerized when my professor told me what an insect gall was. An insect gall looks like a bump or growth on a plant that forms as a plant's reaction to an insect eating a part of it or laying eggs inside it. I realized then that ecology was so cool. It helps you learn about the complex lives of living things, and I hope to share this passion with you. Ever since then I have worked to build my skills in experimental design and scientific writing by practicing setting up my own research experiments. Most recently, I am beginning work as a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Biology at Fresno State.

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I enjoyed science in my high school years, but I had no idea that I would become a scientist. My dad pushed me to study biology in college thinking that it would be good for me to go into the medical field, but I fell in love with ecology instead. There are many sides to biology! It is definitely okay to become excited by many things, and in fact, I think it's a good thing because that means you have a curious mind. I was unsure of what I was going to do or study when I was in high school. You definitely don't have to figure it out all by then. Any passing interest in science can become more meaningful in unexpected ways. The most important thing is to keep an open mind about how you can invite science into your life.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    For me, being a scientist means that you have the opportunity to include an essential skill for happiness into your life, called savoring. Savoring is when you try to fully enjoy and extend our positive experiences. You can practice savoring in almost any profession in life, but when you practice it in science, it is incredible. For example, I like to study nature, and it's an awesome way to prolong the feeling of admiring why life is the way it is. You get to fully enjoy watching the landscape, and then spend time finding out why certain things happen. You can pay special close attention to almost anything you want, and then study it. For example, say you find a plant or animal that you think is beautiful. You can find out why certain plants or animals are a certain color, or why they look the way they do. It's a great way to stay curious. Also, being a scientist means that you get to meet some of the coolest people out there.

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    1

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