Ryan Peterson Major: xxx Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
I like science because it gives us the most detailed insight into the world around us. Science is a valuable tool that we can employ in other fields of study.
Also, the following post on a little girl’s web site is enough motivation for me to study science:
I became involved in the REU because I wanted to learn the lab techniques employed in biological research as well as the methods involved in carrying out a phylogenetic project. I wanted to build on my previous research project that modeled phytoplankton by examining the questions studied in fish research.
The summer REU project gave me insight into the workings of a molecular biology lab and into the problems being investigated in genetics and ecology. I learned how to implement several techniques involved in preparing DNA for sequencing. I gained experience using computer programs to analyze the resulting DNA data. Being involved in a project of this duration exposed me to the variety of research methods necessary to carry out a long term project.
My future plans are to attend medical school and possibly purse biomedical research.