What kind of research are you doing?
I am working with a production strain of E. coli to create ethanol as a biofuel.
What do you do in the lab?
I genetically engineer different genes in E. coli with various scientific techniques. Every day in the lab is different because I'm constantly learning new things and expanding on my experiments.
Why should a student participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium?
I think the biggest benefit is gaining confidence when discussing science. Running experiments is one thing, but being able to convey the importance of your research to complete strangers is such a valuable skill to have.
What advice do you have for students interested in the SOLUR program?
My advice would be to join a lab that you are passionate about. We spend a lot of time learning to communicate our research and gain support for it, so you have to talk about something you truly enjoy doing.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to continue doing research in graduate school. My research experience has confirmed that this is what I want to turn my career into and use my knowledge to create a healthier, more educated society.