We had a very active week.
On Monday, the SURF participants met Dr. Nikolajczyk to talk about her career and her work -https://pharmns.med.uky.edu/users/bni226#profileTab4. We learned about the interplay between our immune system and diabetes.
On Tuesday, the SURES participants met Dr. Patrick Hannon, a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Thomas Curry’s laboratory-https://obgyn.med.uky.edu/obgyn/curry/people. Dr. Hannon discussed his work on phthalates, environmental contaminents that have been used in plastic consumer goods and ovulation. He also described the pros and cons associated with using mouse models and human specimens. We had a great discussion on strategies that he uses to make sure that his life is balanced.
On Wednesday, we had a picnic at Jacobson Park with participants of another undergraduate research program, the STAR (Summer Training in Alcohol Research) program directed by Dr. Kim Nixon. Dr. Brett Spear also joined us and talked about the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (PhD program) at the University of Kentucky.
On Thursday, we first honed our career skills by practicing interviewing, worked on our three minute research talks and discussed how to write a good personal statement. Dr. Swanson previewed some of her contacts via LinkedIn and showcased a number of individuals representing careers in industry, academics, government and medicine.
We then got our creative juices flowing by tie-dying our lab coats. We will be “styling” them at our poster presentation.