Mentors: Kristina Stinson, Kathleen Donohue
Project: Garlic mustard population demographics differ among forest habitats at the Harvard Forest LTER (abstract)
Hometown: Afton, NC
College and major: North Carolina State University, Environmental Sciences, Ecology Concentration, Class of '07
What you miss most about the REU program:
Sitting around Fisher House cracking jokes with other REUs and Tim's excellent cooking.
What you miss least about the REU program:
Poison ivy and mosquitoes that bite through carharts!
What about the REU program has stuck with you:
The conviction that I really love to do research and want to some day run my own lab.
Have you stayed in touch with other REU students?:
Yes, my old HF roommate is now one of my best friends. We visit each other once or twice a year, even though we live hundreds of miles apart, and talk on the phone pretty regularly.
Whether your REU experience supported or changed your career plans:
Supported - the experience reinforced my desire to pursue scientific research as a career.
What you're up to now:
I'm in my 3rd year in a PhD program in Entomology at Michigan State University.
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