Leah Schneider 

Phone: (314) 210-8553

Major:  Biology B.S.

Email:  schneilm@slu.edu

         I have currently lived in St. Louis city for 2 years, but my hometown is Festus, Missouri (about 30 miles south of St. Louis).

         I chose the field of biology because I am interested in evolution, the interactions and relationships between animals and humans, animal behavior, and conservation biology.  I have been interested in biology since the sixth grade, when I got a 2-day-old kitten without a mother.  After that, I wanted to be a vet up until this year, when I started taking biology courses that slightly shifted my goals to what they are now.

         I really have no clue what I will do after I graduate.  I will probably get my MS degree and most likely go on for a Ph.D.  I would like to have my own research projects, much like the one I am working on now, focusing on the topics listed above.  And eventually, I see myself teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level.

         I plan to learn a lot from this project.  Already, after three days of work, I have learned more than I imagined I would.  I have already learned many techniques like setting up PCR, electrophoresis, and how to extract and purify DNA.  I am starting to fully understand each step, and will learn more throughout the summer.  I am also learning basic lab and safety procedures that will be very helpful in the future.

         I have several hobbies.  I play the piano, drums, and some guitar.  I like to go camping and be outside as mush as possible.  In my free time, if I am not doing one of these things, I like to hang out with my family or friends, or read an interesting book.  I also like to run everyday if possible and am training to run a half marathon by the end of the summer.