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Kristine M. Garza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Department of Biological Sciences

UT El Paso

As an educator, I feel I have an obligation to demand of my students to do more than memorize facts and to do more than passively observe life. Instead, I want them to synthesize, utilize and apply information; and I want them to harness internal and external resources to actively engage in their development. I strongly believe that if I help students develop a way of thinking rather than enforce retrieval of memorized facts, and if I help students empower themselves, I therefore provide them with tools to be used in their coursework and any other aspect of their life, thus contributing to their "overall" success.