Teaching, Mentoring & Service
Teaching: Developing Neuronal Identity
& a Professional Identity
The formation of a neuron's identity is similar to the formation of a professional identity. Both processes are driven by intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which interact to create a mature and unique individual. Dr. Singleton believes embracing student's identities and meeting them "where they are" in terms of their intellectual and technical skill set, is the key to helping them find their strengths and introducing students to STEM.
Mentoring: Finding your Scientific Beyoncé
When identifying a mentor Dr. Singleton encourages her peers and students to imagine Beyoncé.
"The genius of Beyoncé is that she is so excellent, she doesn’t make you want to be her, but instead the most excellent version of yourself. Her excellence while relentlessly persuasive is also intentionally permissive."
Find a mentor who believes in you, sees your potential, and inspires you to be the best version of yourself everyday.
Service: Expanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to include Representation & Accountability
Dr. Singleton aims for her students to feel a sense of belonging in the scientific community and give them hope and confidence in pursuit of their professional goals. To accomplish this she is committed to using her voice and platform to promote and uplift Black and Brown people and educate herself by performing bias training, reading about critical Race theory, intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA issues, and actively speaking out against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia.
"Nothing will work unless you do"
Kaela S. Singleton was named Agnes Scott College's Outstanding Young Alumnae for early competence in their chosen field or area of service and exceptional promise for the future.