All university convocation on Undergraduate Research Internships


The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosted the convocation program of 23rd October, 2012 at the International Cultural Center. The topic of discussion was Undergraduate Research Internships and the discussants were the six research category winners at the 17th Annual Science Fair.

The discussants are the following:
1. Ms. Danelia Joefield. Cell and Molecular Biology. "Functional role of specific regions of the tail domain of Myosin IIIA in actin bundled-based motility".

2. Mr. Patrick Ihejirika. Cancer Biology. "Creating a model antigen system to study the mechanism of GCC-specific tolerance".

3. Ms. Chalwe Diallo. Immunology. "Ym1 arguments human NK cell killing or tumor cells".

4. Ms. Shavona Burton. Population, Behavioral and Social Science. "Mouse metabolomics identifying strain and diet metabotypes".

5. Ms. Isata Panda. Ecology and Environmental Science. "The effects of temperature on hemoglobin affinity and cellulose production of Capitella teleta".

6. Ms. Kasey Campbell. Physical Science. "Cavitation rheology of 12-hydroxystearic acid in vegetable oil organogels".

Dr. Susan Safford, Professor of Biology and Chair of the 2012 Science Fair Organizing Committee and Dr. Anna Hull, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics seminar series moderated the discussion. They informed participants of the history of the Science Fair at Lincoln University and the process of hosting and judging the posters and oral presentations that resulted in the discussants emerging as winners in their research categories. They then asked the discussants to introduce themselves by name, class, major, place of internship and topic of research. After the introductions, moderators asked the discussants to discuss the following:
1. How did you learn of the internships and how did you apply? What was the selection process? What should students pay attention to: dates, recommendations, transcripts, etc. Chalwe Diallo, Shavona Burton and Patrick Ihejirika spoke on this.

2. What were the major challenges you faced during the internships (preparation, research skills, reading journal articles, laboratory culture, etc). How did you overcome them? Chalwe Diallo, Kasey Campbell and Daniela Joefield spoke on this topic.

3. What were the most important rewards from the internships? – preparation for a career in science, stipends, travel, mentoring, network, etc. Daniela Joefield, Shavona Burton, Isata Panda and Kasey Campbell provided information on this issue.

4. What advice would you give to students planning for internships and those who have no desire for internships? Isata Panda, Kasey Campbell and Patrick Ihejirika spoke on this.

5. What advice would you give to the faculty and the university on improving instruction and research at Lincoln University in preparation for research.

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