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Whitney L.

Pittsburgh, PA

$35/hour

Biology PhD Student with a Love for Teaching

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
4.8 average from 13 ratings
Another great session!
— Deesha, Bowie, MD on 12/15/16

$35/Hour


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Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Enrolled

Education

Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Biology)

University of Pittsburgh (Enrolled)

About Whitney

Biology is fascinating. It's clever, it's beautiful, and it never stops surprising us. I love learning about biology because it is, after all, the science of us - how we work, how we behave, how we interact with our world - and how all other organisms do the same. It's amazing to me that a newt can shed its tail to avoid a predator, and then completely re-grow it, while a single mutation in the wrong gene can create a devastating disease. Studies in biology ask why these things happen, and how we can apply that knowledge to improve our health and our world. What could be a more worthwhile pursuit?

Biology was my favorite class at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Ohio, where I grew up. I liked it so much I decided to major in it in college at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, where I also ran track. It was during undergrad that I started laboratory research on new antiviral drugs for the chickenpox virus. I also became a biology and chemistry tutor in the Center for Academic Success and Advancement. I tutored fellow students in ecology, evolution, genetics, and general chemistry, but microbiology became my specialty. I loved the laboratory research and I loved tutoring, but for graduate school I decided to pursue research.

Currently, I am a PhD student in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, entering my fifth year working in the Center for Vaccine Research. As I approach graduation and consider my next career step, I keep thinking about how much I miss teaching. I've gained so much knowledge and insight during graduate school about scientific methodology, biochemistry, cell biology, and microbiology, that I want to pass on to others. Helping students not only understand biological concepts, but gain an appreciation for them as well, has to be one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. This is why I'm so excited to get back into tutoring, and I hope this teaching experience will help me become a high school or college biology teacher.

I have a B.S. in Biology with Distinction from Purdue University (2012), with an overall GPA of 3.95, and I was awarded "Most Outstanding Senior Biology Student" by the department faculty. I tutored college-level biology and chemistry for two years in college. I am in my fifth year of my PhD in molecular virology, and I've completed course work in biochemistry, microbiology, virology, immunology, cell biology, and genetics. I also taught medical microbiology lab for first year medical students for two years.

I'm looking very forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for biology with anyone who wants to learn. Feel free to contact me with any questions about me or my expertise, and to schedule a lesson!
Biology is fascinating. It's clever, it's beautiful, and it never stops surprising us. I love learning about biology because it is, after all, the science of us - how we work, how we behave, how we interact with our world - and how all other organisms do the same. It's amazing to me that a newt can shed its tail to avoid a predator, and then Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15213
In-person lessons

"Another great session!"

- Deesha, Bowie, MD on 12/15/16
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Genetics

I have taken college- and graduate-level genetics courses and received A grades in both. I have experience tutoring college-level genetics. As a part of my PhD research, I regularly apply complex genetic principles to design and execute virology experiments. I also regularly read primary virology literature that often involves genetic manipulation and/or DNA- or RNA-based experimental techniques.

Track & Field

I ran track from middle school through college at the Divison I level, participating in sprinting and jumping events. I am the school record holder in the triple jump at my high school and my university, Purdue-Fort Wayne. I have made it a point to be a student of the sport, researching the most effective event-specific and training techniques. I have also received coaching from several Division I college sprint coaches.

Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Enrolled

Education

Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Biology)

University of Pittsburgh (Enrolled)

Another great session!

Thanks for being so flexible and helping Taylor get a better grasp of the course content. Working with you is making a big difference for her. She can relax knowing that if she doesn't understand something in class, that you will help her in your sessions.

— Deesha, Bowie, MD on 12/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Whitney will travel within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15213.