Katie works with prof. Sam Edwards as an undergraduate research assistant, aiding Sam in researching the psychological benefits of online negotiations.
Katie’s magnet school in Tacoma didn’t offer sports. Instead she earned a varsity letter in community service through her volunteer work at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
A graduate of the Washington Science and Math Institute (SAMI), Katie didn’t let her inexperience in sports prevent her from competing in athletics at GMC. She runs on the College’s women’s cross country team.
“I got involved in the museum because I wanted to develop my ‘people skills.’ Doing education programs for kids who visit the zoo seemed like a fun way to do that.” She found herself using model skulls of Sumatran tigers to teach children the anatomy of the animal, leading tours of the elephant barns or directing squid dissections. As a volunteer she taught middle schoolers how to become interpreters. She was so good at it, she was invited to join the education staff to lead a summer camp at the zoo and write a curriculum.
“Perhaps because I like to learn by doing, I was was attracted to informal, hands-on education. I loved teaching in a way that fueled students’ curiosity and made their experience really memorable. “
Katie’s spirit of inquiry has found many outlets at GMC. She works with prof. Sam Edwards as an undergraduate research assistant, aiding Sam in researching the psychological benefits of online negotiations. “I feel like I’ve really become a successful student through Sam’s advising and encouragement,” she said.