Current Master’s Students

Katharine (Kate) Gelinas 

Degree: Master’s in Biology, Concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology
Advisor: Kimberly Tanner, PhD.


About me:

I grew up in Pleasant Hill, CA and graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a BS in Biology and a concentration in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior. After graduating, I spent a year working as a tutor with Lafayette Academy, teaching high school biology, math, and SAT. This experience helped me realize that my passion is teaching. I was fortunate to find SEPAL and am excited to be a part of this wonderful team of people. In my spare time, I relax with friends and family, play and cuddle with my two cats, and attempt to cook new things.

Research Interest:

My research will focus on how the way instructors speak affects students. We have recorded and analyzed Instructor Talk, or everything an instructor says that isn’t related to content and instead focuses on creating the learning environment. However, we have not yet studied how students think and feel about Instructor Talk. My research will focus on this student perspective in an effort to improve instructor-student communication.