Maurina Aranda

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Contact: mlaranda@sfsu.edu

About Me

Maurina grew up in a small town named Hillsdale in Michigan. She would soon attend Alma University where she spent her undergraduate years. Upon graduation she would soon head to Indiana where she attended Purdue University. Maurina like the rest of here truly enjoys Biology. She could talk about cells all day long. She wants to share her passion and knowledge, both of those things combined led her to a career in Biology education.

Research Interests: 

She is interested in investigating how students learn about science and what they know about Biology (particularly Cellular Biology), and use this evidence to develop models of student learning. Maurina also wants to promote equity and diversity in the sciences; and understand how improving these practices via curriculum or pedagogy, can aid student learning while helping them construct their identity as a scientist within the field of Biology.

Advice for others: 

She would recommend not working so much, and having more fun. She too would say travel, and do this often. Exploring this world is something which exposes you to many new things. You immerse yourself in culture. One other thing, would be to surround yourself with diverse people. Like many students, she too faced challenges. She kept on going. She was glad to have not only her family, but her friends as reminders of motivation and encouragement.