Personal Statement Of The NSF S-REU Program

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I want to be a part of the NSF-REU program because I know I would make a great contribution. In an informal research project for my biology lab course, I led a team of four in a time-crunched, self-created lab. I took up the role of leadership, assigned tasks, organized meetings and worked outside of class hours to complete the testing. Taking charge wasn’t always easy for me but, at the College of Saint Benedict, there is a NSF S-STEM scholarship program called FoCuS. The program provides mentorship, leadership training and academic opportunities to students with a heavy interest in the sciences. As one of eighteen to be accepted, I continue to thrive in my new surroundings and grow as I became an in-class tutor for Dr. Kate Graham. In addition …show more content…
At the Animal Humane Society, I worked as a dog walker and cat adoption support volunteer. My duties extended beyond that of a usual volunteer as I was trusted to train new participants, assist staff with administrating medication to animals and interviewing potential adopters. Volunteering at science camps for children ranging between the ages of five and twelve contributed to my ability to communicate science to children as well as my organizational skills. As a lead demonstrator and coordinator for one of these camps, I was in charge of ensuring the safety of as many as 21 children while also organizing the materials and experiments needed for the day. These organization skills bled over to my work in retail as a sales associate for both DSW and Aeropostale. I worked for both of these stores while in my senior year of high school. I developed and learned how to balance the aspects of my life. Currently, outside of work and classes, I enjoy reading, exercising and participating in events on my campus. I have a fondness for animals and enjoy visiting and donating to the local …show more content…
What grabbed my attention was the enthusiasm and excitement she expressed about the program. She seemed to really have learned a lot while gaining a hands-on experience, which is exactly what I am looking for. Reading into the research being conducted during the program, I really took interest in the work being conducted by Dr. Rhen about temperature-dependent sex determination. I read a little about TSD in high school when we were studying about alligators. Another research topic which caught my attention was Dr. Doze 's work with neurogenesis. My long term academic goals include attending graduate school and focusing in genetics, neuroscience or general biochemistry. Dr. Doze 's research opportunity would combine all of these fields and undoubtedly improve my capabilities. In terms of career, while I am in graduate school and afterwards, I hope to conduct research in one or all of these

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