Christina Hellwig


Christina Hellwig
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834



Ms. Christina Hellwig is a senior Studying Biochemistry at California State University, Fullerton. She plans to attend the CSU Fullerton credential program in the fall of 2012 to become credentialed in both Biology and Chemistry. Ms. Hellwig has always loved science and hopes to pass that love on to her students in the classroom and foster their creativity and problem solving skills. She has spent time tutoring students in chemistry, which eventually convinced her to become a teacher. She has also spent a semester going to various high school chemistry classrooms and helping and observing the students there, where she learned educational techniques specific to teaching science, for example, how to conduct a chemical demonstration or lab session.

Ms. Hellwig is interested in biochemical research, which she will be beginning in fall 2011, however, she has also worked in an organic chemistry research lab at San Francisco State University. As a research assistant, where her focus was on researching porphyrin rings for the insertion of different metal centers, she had the opportunity to learn various laboratory techniques, including column chromatography, thin layer chromatography, organic separations, and NMR skills. Ms. Hellwig is looking forward to her new position as a research assistant in the fall of 2011 under Dr. Bridges, where she hopes to contribute to new discoveries in the field. Ms. Hellwig is a new TaPP scholar, which will help her to further her goals to become a dual credentialed secondary teacher.