Merritt Taylor, Ph.D.
Post-doctorate in Stem Cell Biology, University of Michigan; Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Michigan; B.A. in English, University of Rochester; B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Rochester
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
The students. They are well prepared, they work hard, and it's a great opportunity and privilege as a professor to be able to show them opportunities that they may not have seen before.
What is your favorite class to teach?
All of them. I like the entry-level classes that we have for physiology. Then as we progress in the program they have more specialized types of courses they can take that I teach such as neuroscience.
What do students like best about your class?
They like the discussion-based format, and I think they like that we are able to take the material and make it come alive.
How do you contribute to the success of your students?
It's good to be able to provide structure and be able to support students with online resources so that when they're in the classroom, we can target the hardest materials that we possibly can.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you're open and you're able to pursue the things that you're interested in, then success will follow, whether it's in the curriculum or outside of the classroom.
What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley?
Not only being able to see the light bulb go off when you're interacting with them in the classroom, but also being able to see how they grow and they progress as they go through the curriculum.
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