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TEACHING Philosophy
Classrooms should be seen as an open system where learning transcends all barriers even students resistant to learn difficult concepts.  Although students often start at different levels of comprehension they must be compelled to become actively involved in the understanding of scientific theories.  This process is not only found through the studying of already given knowledge but through the conceptualization of novel answers to modern problems.  I believe that classroom learning should parallel a research laboratory experience where innovative approaches to present information are coupled to hands on laboratories.  This is best seen through the creation of an individual project that would allow student to use recently learned knowledge and apply it to current problems.

To allow students the best opportunity to compete in a global market the incorporation of current technologies should be a basis for classroom learning.  Current hot topics such as bioinformatics and computational chemistry should be taught as techniques necessary for future success.  Also the addition of current trends should be included to allow students to find possible employment opportunities. Learn the fundamentals of science (i.e. assays or organic synthesis) are difficult processes and often aid in diminishing students motivations.

Although many innovative learning techniques have been employed often the limiting event of learning is the ability of the professor to care about their students.  Mentorship is the key to all learning is the basis of any good professor.  This is a process that is not class based but is a lifetime commitment extending far beyond one semester.  I have gain wisdom through personal mentorship and would like to extend this honor to my student.  This will allow me not only to watch them blossom as essential parts of society but also to experience scientific epiphanies through individual achievement.