Jennifer King Chen (Ph.D. candidate in Education in Math, Science and Technology) is a recipient of the 2014 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders in higher education. This award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at UC Berkeley. It will enable Jennifer to attend the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Jennifer is also a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF) and the NSF’s Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) Fellowship. As a graduate student, she has mentored undergraduate students through Cal NERDS (New Experiences for Research and Diversity in Science) and has served on various department and campus committees focused on improving mentoring, teaching and learning at Berkeley. Jennifer’s dissertation research investigates science instruction designed to support students in making informed choices and its impact on successfully directing their independent inquiry and learning. To learn more about the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award and its recipients, visit the AAC&U website.