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