Jennifer Tsau (I go by Jenn) Major: Biology B.S. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am from St. Louis, Missouri, but currently live in the Chicago, Illinois area. I am currently a Biology major at Northwestern, with a possible double major in Environmental Sciences, and a minor in English.
In the future, I see myself doing research, probably at a university. I might work for industry but this doesn’t appeal to me as much I’d rather interact with people. Ideally, I would focus on projects that would allow me to juggle time between the field and the lab, as Dr. Mayden does (at least this is my understanding). I will probably eventually focus in genetics, evolutionary biology, molecular or cell biology. This is such a long list because I’m still curious to investigate all of these areas more in-depth.
From this REU experience I mostly hope to gain valuable lab experience I want to start learning about lab work and the more complex concepts that accompany it in order to be more knowledgeable about biology in general. I also see this summer as a way for me to broaden my horizons to meet students like myself, to learn from experienced professors and other lab members, and to improve my lab techniques. I hope to take from this summer an increased understanding of and interest in biology. I also hope to leave with a clearer picture of what area I want to eventually specialize in.
At school, I play sax in the marching band, which is time consuming but a nice way to distract myself from school and be outdoors. I also enjoy taking walks along the beach (of Lake Michigan), reading and writing, and playing piano. This summer, I plan to go spelunking, read Pale Fire by Nabakov and Dinosaur in a Haystack by Gould, and teach myself a Beethoven sonata (one of the easy ones).
I am very excited to be working in Dr. Mayden’s lab and also very grateful that I was given this opportunity. I intend on being as constructive and helpful as I can and learn from my fellow students. I also plan on making this summer as enjoyable and productive as possible for myself and everyone else.