I started this experience in the second semester of my sophomore year and completed two semesters of DIS before starting my Honors Project this past spring. I spent the first two semesters learning techniques, assisting grad students with their project, and creating an educational poster on oyster larvae abnormalities. The experiment conducted for my Honors Project took place earlier this year simulating the effects of ocean acidification on Eastern oyster reproduction. Over this past summer I traveled to France to work in a lab in Brest to learn about some of the techniques that I have used this semester to analyze my data.
I interviewed with Dr. Volety during the first semester of my sophomore year and was invited to join the lab. Originally I was just looking for a good experience that I could put on my resume and would help me be a more competitive candidate for veterinary school, but it became a very meaningful experience in my college career.
I have a gained so much from this experience including invaluable techniques and experience that will look incredible on my vet school application. I've gained some insight on my strengths and weaknesses as a scientist and a researcher. I've learned the value of collaberation and how to undertake a complex project from start to finish. One of the most challenging things I've ever done in my life was to go to France by myself, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.
The lab experience I've had and the techniques that I've leared will look incredible on my vet school application. Though oysters may not be my species of choice moving forward, many of the techniques I have learned are applicable to a lot of the species I may be working with in the future.