It’s been an incredible experience to work alongside the post-docs and graduate students in the Department of Microbiology this summer.
Near the end of the summer, there is an annual Undergraduate Symposium where all undergraduates in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology get the opportunity to present their projects in the form of a talk, aka PowerPoint Presentation. I was incredibly nervous – especially considering my fear of public speaking. But it was a giant leap outside of my comfort zone that I’m grateful I took. I not only got that much closer to overcoming my fear of public speaking, but I also gained a deeper understanding of my project as a whole.
And most importantly, we’re getting closer every day to finding and identifying the carbohydrate-degrading bacteria of interest! I’ve learned so much, and hope to continue work on this project into the school-year.