Tara S

Tara S


Universities Attended

Undergraduate University: University of California, Davis

Year of Graduation: 2020

Majors/Minors/Specialization: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; Spanish

Graduate University:

Year of Graduation: 2020

Majors/Minors/Specialization: BA, Spanish; BS, Physiology

Academic Accolades:

UC Davis Undergraduate of the Year - UC Davis Regents Scholar and Honors Program Student - SAT score 2310/2400 (730 reading, 780 writing, 800 math) - UC Davis Provost Undergraduate Fellow - Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Member - Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Invitee - Phi Sigma Honor Society - UC Davis Chancellor's Civic Engagement Award - UC Davis Outstanding Community Service Award

Tutoring Experience

I have been a tutor with the UC Davis Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center since April 2018. I have taught a wide variety of subjects including general and organic chemistry, physiology, genetics, writing, and Spanish. At UC Davis, I also had the privilege of serving as a learning assistant for a bioscience physics class. Alongside a graduate student TA, I facilitated weekly discussions on topics such as electricity and quantum mechanics and I independently lead several discussion classes. As a learning assistant, I learned to strike the perfect balance between listening and explaining, allowing the students to think aloud. Prior to starting at UC Davis, I was an SAT and PSAT tutor. I also taught middle and high school students a wide range of math subjects ranging from pre-algebra to precalculus.

Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience

For the past three years, I have served as a volunteer case manager for the a perinatal mental health clinic in Sacramento, CA. Working with many of the underserved patients in this clinic motivated me to create a new UC Davis student-organization called PANDA (Postpartum Anxiety N' Depression Advocates). As the president and co-founder of PANDA, I led the group to be a voice for affordable mental health care in Yolo County and the greater Sacramento Area. Additionally, I have volunteered as a Spanish medical interpreter at a federally qualified health center in Sacramento with a predominantly uninsured and undocumented patient population.


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