SEA Currents: pep
August 01, 2017
I think I’m in love with the USGS
When I was in high school I participated in the Mathematics Science Engineering Academy pipeline program hosted by Fort Valley State University. The mission of this program is to “alleviate the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the energy industry”. As a rising ninth grader I travelled with them to Reston, Virginia, headquarters of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
July 31, 2017
Transition to Marine Biological Laboratory
The course section of the Partnership Education Program (PEP) is over and I have transitioned full-time into the lab at Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Ecosystem Lab for my research on Sea turtles with Maureen Conte (MBL) and Heather Hass (NOAA). The course section was hard-work but I was able to push through it. I started working on my research on July 5, 2017 and so far I am having the most fun and learning new things that I never thought of.
July 28, 2017
Woods Hole and Looking to the Future
Despite all the research and social experiences I’ve had as part of the PEP program so far, the past couple of days of being in the program have me setting my sights beyond this summer and even beyond graduating college. Several days ago we took the time to attend a panel of WHOI graduate students working on their doctorates, to hear what they had to say about preparing for graduate school.
July 26, 2017
Living in the Moment
When I was younger I would travel to a new place and never think about being there. I would have an experience and not be in the moment, I would passively participate in a moment. I honestly lacked an appreciation of “the moment”. I didn’t know that as I got older, most of the people that I had these great experiences with would no longer be part of my life. I didn’t realize that sometimes there are perfect moments that might only happen once in your life. I didn’t realize I was having a perfect summer until after it was fall.
July 25, 2017
Where has all the time gone?
I can’t believe it’s week seven. My time in PEP is flying and it has been an absolute dream! During my seven weeks, I have engaged in research, workshops and have developed wonderful friendships with my mentors and peers. For some time, I have been fascinated by hydrothermal vents, so to be studying them is a great honor and accomplishment. In the lab, I have been given the opportunity to familiarize myself with vent organisms and to analyze their community composition after a lava eruption on the seafloor.
July 24, 2017
Science is One Big Field Day
For those of us who like the outdoors more than they like cubicles, ecosystem science is a field of opportunity. When you study coastal wetlands, every day is literally a field day. Since we use a portable gas analyzer that both collects and analyzes data in the field, there is very little need for lab work. This means I can spend my entire day working in coastal wetlands learning about the way each site sequesters carbon.
July 20, 2017
Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Of course there will always be small miscalculations; running out of microscope slides, minor lab math mishaps, or running out of that one magical reagent you forgot about. Now these kinds of things are generally no problem, a simple run to the store or an hour or two with a pencil and paper can fix these. But what happens if there is an issue with the project itself? After all there are deadlines to meet, supervisors to answer to, and other people relying on your results.
July 10, 2017
Working out in the Field
Today my mentors Meagan Gonnea and Jennifer O’ Keefe Suttles took me out to the field where we analyzed data from the marshes that are being used within the project that I am working on. One of the marshes that we visited was Stony Brook, which is located in Brewster, MA.
July 07, 2017
Science in the Field at Woods Hole
Today is the end of my first week of the internship segment here at Woods Hole PEP, and it’s been one experience after another. I go to Amherst College, a liberal arts college not too far from Woods Hole. As great as it is, the chance to work in the field doing research hasn’t really come my way- until my internship began at the Woods Hole Research Center. You might expect a research internship to consist of working in sterile labs, poured over glass vials and odd instruments, and to a certain degree you may be right.
July 06, 2017
Coming to Woods Hole
Before coming to Woods Hole, I had only departed Baltimore with academic aspirations one other time. The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years I attended a Lead America summer program at Georgetown University, and it was amazing because I was able to meet kids just like me from all across the country. I have the opportunity for the second time in my life, here in Woods Hole while participating in the Partnership Education Program, to learn and grow with others from across the globe.