My research would not be possible without the help of undergraduate research assistants. I have devoted much of my time to training students in laboratory work (e.g. DNA extracting, qPCR), field surveys, data synthesis and management, writing, and presentation of results. My undergraduate collaborators have presented our research at conferences, written grant proposals, and co-authored manuscripts. I also have dedicated time to helping my mentees achieve their post-graduate goals. As a first generation college student, I very familiar with the difficulties of navigating academic spaces and applying to post-graduate programs without generational knowledge. I hope to demystify the process of applying to graduate programs and provide my mentees with support and feedback on their applications. My undergraduate mentees have gone on to attend graduate research programs, dental school, veterinary school, and medical technician programs. During my PhD, I also mentored a high school student, meeting with her weekly for three years, as part of a college scholarship program for low-income students aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty through education equity. As a postdoctoral researcher, I have also devoted time to mentoring MS students in my lab, helping them with experimental and survey design as well as data management and analysis.