As the Director for the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program I am responsible for developing and administering independent studies across campus. Current research within the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning seeks to improve our understanding of student learning through undergraduate research and to increase our knowledge about how faculty mentors affect student learning through their mentoring of undergraduate research. By linking these two goals, we will significantly advance understanding of how students can best learn and should be taught through undergraduate research. Research explores student-faculty interactions and relationships as well as the critical elements of the overall research environment in which the student is being mentored. Results will contribute to a better understanding of the value of independent undergraduate research experiences to students' learning and retention through graduation. My academic expertise is in Plant Cell Developmental Biology. My previous research in this area focused on developmental aspects of embryogenesis in plant tissue culture systems.

Director, IUPUI Center for Research and Learning

Director, McNair Scholars Program, University College

Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Academic & Administrative Services, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

PhD, Indiana University, Plant Science, 1976
BA, University of Wisconsin, Botany, 1971
urban education science education teacher education computer education or literacy educational evaluation or assessment educational improvement educational reform problem-based learning college students higher education, public undergraduate education minority education women's education embryogenesis
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council on Undergraduate Research
Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel
National Conferences for Undergraduate Research
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society