Mentorship is very important to me. As an undergrad, I had a number of excellent mentors to whom I owe a great deal of thanks. Their guidance was essential in my development as a scientist, and I enjoy paying the favor forward by taking on this role myself. I have mentored several undergraduate students (pictured above) during my time at RMBL, helping them develop and execute independent research projects, giving hands on training in pollination biology techniques, and working with them to help hone their data analysis and scientific writing skills. Two of these students (Heather Ellison and Trevor Anthony Ledbetter) are co-authors on a paper published in Oikos in 2018. In addition, I have served as a panelist in several round-table discussions aimed at giving undergrads an overview of the transition from undergrad programs to graduate school. These discussions have been hosted by either RMBL and NC State University (the latter organized by the MB Reiskind lab).