I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. I earned my Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Pittsburgh studying evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology by investigating butterfly wing color patterns and mating preferences. After completing my Ph.D., I did postdoctoral studies in discipline-based biology education with Dr. Erin Dolan at the University of Georgia. I investigated multiple aspects of the social and psychological development of undergraduate science students, including the experiences of graduate and postdoctoral mentors of undergraduate researchers and the negative experiences undergraduates have with their research mentors. As a postdoctoral scholar, I earned a competitive research grant from the National Science Foundation and my accomplishments were recognized with the University of Georgia's Postdoctoral Research Award. My lab now researches the beliefs students and instructors hold about their abilities and how these beliefs influence their motivations and academic outcomes. In my work, I think carefully about how we measure beliefs and how we can have confidence in our results.