The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Brock Scholars Program at UTC is a four year interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the opportunity join multiple curriculums for a specialized area of study to present in an undergraduate thesis. The Brock Scholars Program encourages multiple years of research and involvement in other university groups.

Research Lead

January 2016 – May 2017

Tasked with interviewing a professor for an honors class, I met with my Introduction to Chemical Engineering professor, Dr. Bradley Harris. He told me about a research project he was just getting started with regarding the influence of environmental factors on the pathogenicity of Vibrio cholerae, the causative bacteria for cholera. After asking to be a part of the team, I began training with aseptic technique by a biology professor and decided to add a biology minor onto my degree. We developed hypotheses, protocols, and SOPs to test four different environmental fatty acids on both pathogenicity and persistence and soon we were writing grants for funding and purchasing equipment like a bioreactor. We recruited more students through my mentorship role in the honors college and had a fully functioning team of professors and students. My biology minor led me to take classes like genetics which gave us the opportunity to begin a research paper mapping the genes of V. cholerae under external stress. Over the course of my 3 years researching, I presented at 5 different conferences, trained around 6 students, developed numerous protocols, led weekly findings meetings, and passed a thesis.


Job Description

  • Lead a multi-disciplined research team to collect data for grants and publication

  • Write research protocols using aseptic technique used to analyze data

  • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment

  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings

  • Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards

  • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination

  • Place orders for laboratory equipment and supplies

  • Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel


January 2017 – December 2017

UTC’s peer tutoring program is free to all students, including both individual and group sessions. In order to become a UTC tutor, I took a 15 week long course to become certified by the state of Tennessee. In this program, I learned how to assess different learning styles, teaching time management skills, professional ethics, communication styles (including active listening and responding and question asking strategy), intercultural communication, and group management skills. Upon completion, I began tutoring for General Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry I. Throughout the year I tutored approximately 20 individuals and 3 weekly group sessions.


Job Description

  • Lead individual and group study sessions with individualized lesson plans for chemistry classes

  • Coordinate with professors regarding course material

  • Provide subject-specific content to help students through drop-in assistance

  • Recognize the different learning styles and student preferences

  • Utilize listening and questioning strategies as the primary tutoring method to diagnose student needs and monitor progress

  • Utilize feedback and reflection to improve practice

  • Recognize primary role to help students become more confident, more successful, self-directed learners

  • Provide direct assistance in the use of equipment, learning objects, and materials needed for student success

  • Make appropriate referrals to other campus and community resources as needed