Olatundun Awosanya Presenting Research at LSMRCE

Ola 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!

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