Dear prospective parents and students:
I am writing this letter to describe how I would be an asset to your future. I have been an active participant in my community beginning in church youth groups, which continued through my undergraduate collegiate education, and included volunteering for organizations such as Food for Families, Toys for Tots, and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. During my time in graduate school at OSU, I was an active volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society and the microbiology department food drive as a fundraiser, in addition to being elected Peer Review Coordinator for the OSU chapter of Women in Science.
During my time as an undergraduate, I worked in the Anatomical and Surgical Pathology Laboratory at University Medical Center, which fueled my interest in pathology and clinical medicine. After earning my Bachelor of Science degree, in veterinary science, from the University of Arizona in 2000, I worked as a certified veterinary nurse in many specialties of veterinary medicine. I migrated into emergency and critical care because it presented opportunities daily to improve the lives of animals, as well as people. Triage nursing strengthened my adaptability as a leader and team member. I believe that each person is responsible for one’s own learning and development, and I consistently accepted new challenges to gain knowledge and advance my skills; this is also the reason I ultimately entered graduate school in the winter term of 2007, to earn my PhD in microbiology.
My dissertation research occurred in an interdisciplinary laboratory, which combined efforts from veterinary medicine, environmental and molecular toxicology, biomedical sciences, and microbiology. Collaborating with specialists from each of these fields to solve problems related to my dissertation, bioremediating explosives residue from contaminated military soil, broadened my education and analytical skills. I have assumed leadership roles whenever possible in my lifetime, with the most recent position being laboratory manager for the research section of the Endophyte Testing Lab at OSU. Teaching has helped me to become a more effective listener, communicator, and problem solver. I have experience teaching elementary students to graduate students.
A DOD contractor currently employs me, where I collaborate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on projects related to remediating environmental contamination, to protect the health of soldiers and civilians. I have presented my research discoveries at local, national and international conferences. These continuing education experiences have proved valuable as a tool to network and discuss research obstacles with other scientists in my field, as well as to learn about microbiological issues and adversity that different countries are facing. I have gained an intense interest in teaching public health and igniting passion about science in everyone.
As evidenced by my experiences, my lifetime goal is to improve the lives of people and animals, and a career in teaching would best facilitate my efforts. I am a highly adaptable and organized team leader who enjoys collaborating with others in advancing knowledge to help society. I would be honored to help you or your children overcome hurdles in learning a variety of subjects. Learning is rewarding and can take you places you never imagined!
I hope to hear from you soon.
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