Wetlands to Lab: Research in Action
Amber Owens, IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar
at South Bend, began her research journey in May with Dr. Deborah Marr. Her
research involved documenting pollinator diversity in IU South Bend campus
wetlands and conducting experiments to see if paroxetine, Selective Serotonin
Reuptake inhibitor, affects survival and molting in Gammarus, a freshwater crustacean. Over the eight weeks she
developed research and professional skills which positioned her for a
successful submission to LSMRCE.
Amber received a travel award and opportunity
to present at the 2019 LSMRCE conference, Building a Diverse STEM Talent
Pool: Classrooms to Careers. Amber shares how her experience as an IN LSAMP
Scholar prepared her for this opportunity.
Q. What preparation
did you find most helpful in writing the abstract for submission?
from peer review articles, and seeing examples of undergraduate research
abstracts helped me know what was expected of me and with the guidance from my
mentors that gave me quick feedback it helped me prepare a successful abstract.
Q. How did
interaction with your faculty mentors prepare you for attending LSMRCE?
Interactions with IN
LSAMP helped prepare me for LSMRCE by giving me more confidence in my work and
helping me feel comfortable speaking up.
What is Amber looking
forward to at LSMRCE?
I hope to see other LSAMP students present as well as
I hope to see other individuals with PhDs or with some higher level of
experience in biology. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like to present
research work that I did to an audience full of people who may have had some
sort of STEM experience. I’m also looking forward to seeing other students
present their work.
Watch for Amber to present, The effect of paroxetine, an SSRI drug, on Gammarus, a freshwater crustacean, on Saturday, October 26 at LSMRCE.
We can’t wait to
see Amber representing IN LSAMP IU South Bend!