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Maranda Holley





Science (Biology)


Molscular Biology & Biomedical Sciences


Teaches at:



Huntsville, AL






Hi, my name is Maranda Holley.  I am originally from Huntsville, Alabama.  I attended Auburn University and graduated with a double major in Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology in 2006.  During my undergraduate career I worked for the admissions office, welcoming potential and incoming students to Auburn.  When I began my undergraduate career my sights were set on the medical field until I began undergraduate research.  Upon the completion of my two-hour requirement I was asked to continue my research, which eventually lead to multiple presentations at scientific conferences and a publication.  This drove me to pursue a career in academia and research.  I began my graduate studies at the University of South Florida, in the Integrative Biology department, in 2007.  I worked under Dr. Stephen Deban investigating the morphology of the feeding apparatus of plethodontid salamanders.  While in graduate school I began teaching laboratories as a teaching assistant and working part-time at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.  In 2009, I realized my love of teaching was greater than my love of research and I left graduate school.   I accepted a position at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in the Education department. 

While there I lead a variety of programs spanning from tot and homeschool classes to group and VIP tours.  I enjoyed informal education so greatly that I decided I would further my education and seek a degree in education.  During the application process, I discovered the Noyce fellowship program and was delighted to discover a program that focused on creating science educators.  This fellowship will provide me the opportunity to complete a fast-paced program while gaining the skills and education I desire to become an effective teacher. 





Dr. Jason Jude Smith, Program Manager
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, EDU105
Tampa, Fl 33620
Phone: 813-974-1345











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