Olatundun Awosanya Presenting Research at LSMRCE

Olatundun Awosanya with Dr. Kacena’s Lab

IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar, Ola, will present at the 2019 LSMRCE conference, Building a Diverse STEM Talent Pool: Classrooms to Careers. Her summer research experience was with Dr. Melissa Kacena’s lab where she conducted research on the effect Type 2 diabetes has on bone healing.

Ola shares advice on how her research experience as an IN LSAMP Scholar prepared her for this opportunity and her future.

What I found most helpful in translating my research into a poster was reading previous grants and papers that had been published from my lab. It helped me gain an understanding of the basics and the purpose my role would be in the big picture. Therefore, finding your own sense of belonging is essential so then the research becomes something important to you and translating this newly acquired knowledge into a poster will be no problem.

Collaboration leads to success!

Communication was an essential part of the collaboration among labs. Dr. Kacena also held weekly meetings so everyone in the lab could be on the same page since there were so many moving parts. In addition, when I was making my poster, we set deadlines for certain parts and when it was completed, we had practice presentation sessions so I could have an idea of how to present my research.

Why other students should try undergraduate research

It’s an amazing opportunity and broadening your network during your college years is essential. It’s always nice to try new things and who knows what else it could lead to. You might discover a new passion and even if you discover that research isn’t for you wouldn’t know until you try.

Skills learned in coursework

There were many academic experiences that I found to be beneficial to me in the lab.

  • Conducting experiments in my chemistry lab independently prepared me a lot for when training for what I needed to do in my research lab.
  • Detailed note taking through my chemistry labs. The observations were just as crucial as the procedure portion. Therefore, when I started in my research lab, I took extremely detailed notes on where everything was located and how to conduct the experiments. When the time came, I could navigate through the lab with ease on my own.

Future research plans

I plan to continue my research after LSMRCE. My mentor suggested I apply for a NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Diversity Supplement so I can continue my research in the lab. I got it! I am currently analyzing data from previous experiments and helping train new students in the lab.

IN LSAMP Scholar Showcase, Ola with Deb Cole

Stop by Poster #29 to see Ola present, Type 2 Diabetes-Driven Alterations in Bone Healing and Angiogenesis, on Saturday.

Congratulations Ola!

How is Engineering being used in Cancer Research? Check out poster 91 @LSMRCE

Itan-Ola Eniitan, IN LSAMP Scholar at Indiana University, spent his summer with Dr. Feng Guo conducting research over the project, Engineering 3D Tumor Spheroids to Study T-cell Infiltration. This project can guide medical doctors to select treatment for personalized cancer therapy. During the research experience, he developed research on cancer biology and medicine and professional skills that positioned him for a successful submission to LSMRCE. 

He shares areas of focus that helped him feel confident in his poster. 

Practice: The scientific discussions with my mentor throughout the process of creating my poster were helpful. I had a much clearer picture of my project after a poster preparation. Once I practiced my poster presentation, I felt very confident when I was presenting it to others. 

Communication: I sent many emails to both our program coordinator and my faculty mentor and spoke to my faculty mentor. Through those interactions, I was able to know what I should do before attending the conference. They also give many good suggestions to help me to follow the conference guidelines. 

Words of advice: I suggest to ask as many questions as they can during their summer research. Depending on the environment of the research, the researcher should try to learn from their labmates, especially the graduate students who they will work with. Also, they should put the lab skills they have learned in lab classes to use effectively while involved in the research. 

Academic experiences are beneficial in the lab: The use of the equipment, like the oilers and learning how to pipet in my lab classes is really helpful because I was familiar with the instrument before I came into research. Just knowing how to do calculations and using the equipment was the most beneficial. 

Future plans: I am currently working in the lab where I did my research last summer. I plan to apply for many research programs out of state. I also want to have some independent projects in the near future.  

Stop by poster #91 to meet Itan-Ola and see his poster, Engineering 3D Tumor Spheroids to Study T-cell Infiltration, on Saturday

Congratulations Itan-Ola!

Lauren Reed Translating Research to Presentation at 2019 LSMRCE Annual Conference

Lauren Reed, IN LSAMP Scholar Showcase, 2019

Lauren Reed, IN LSAMP Scholar at Ball State University received a travel award to present at the 2019 LSMRCE conference, Building a Diverse STEM Talent Pool: Classrooms to Careers. Lauren shares how her experience as an IN LSAMP Scholar prepared her for this opportunity.

While conducting research in Dr. Jess Ward’s lab in summer 2019 she received encouragement: My faculty mentors played a key role in grooming me for poster presentations since my first day on the project! Bi-weekly meetings were scheduled to ensure I was making progress on my preparations. If ever I had a question, they were available to assist in every way possible.

She elaborates further on the types of preparation she received in the lab over the summer: The preparation I found most helpful was creating a detailed outline of the poster, which allotted me the opportunity to arrange the information in a concise manner. My key points were highlighted, which focused on the bigger aspects of my project.

Looking back to her first day, she identifies areas where she thrived from her research experience: I can honestly say, the area I have grown most in would be confidence in myself and my abilities. I recall the first day walking into the lab and feeling overwhelmed as I was unfamiliar with the research, handling equipment and collecting the data. However, as time went by, I came to understand my purpose in the lab and the importance of the research I was doing. My confidence soared as I developed new skills and broadened my knowledge.

Words of advice/encouragement for students considering summer research?
If you are considering doing summer research, I say go for it! Not only will you work alongside incredible faculty mentors, but you will learn a tremendous amount through your project and will gain lifelong skills, and personal confidence through the lab!

Future plans:
After LSMRCE, I plan to continue working on my research with Dr. Ward until I graduate in the spring. After that, I plan to go to Veterinary School and become a Wildlife Veterinarian.

Stop by poster #68 to meet Lauren on Saturday. She is presenting, Role of the Lateral Line in Female Reproductive Decision-Making in Fish.

Congratulations Lauren!

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