During the 2015-2016 school year, Robin completed her required coursework and prepared for her qualifying exam. She also enjoyed her role as a teaching assistant for an upper-level laboratory course, Animal Behavior. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Robin also designed and taught a course for second and third graders through the Curry School of Education’s Saturday Enrichment Program. In this course (Prove It!), elementary students learned how to design experiments and analyze data to answer their own questions. Furthermore, Robin served as the natural sciences editor for the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture. This summer, Robin will begin her dissertation research at UVA’s Mountain Lake Biological Station. She will investigate the role of maternal effects in the evolution of warning coloration in a wild population of false Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa juncta). The station awarded Robin the 2016 Horton H. Hobbs Jr Fellowship in support of her research. In addition to conducting her own research this summer, Robin will also mentor an undergraduate’s independent research project.