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2 Weeks into the Internship

Hey everyone.  To give a quick background, I am by far the oldest of all the interns.  I graduated in 2007 with a degree in psychology but decided to return to undergraduate academia in order to take several prerequisite courses in an effort to ultimately enroll in a plant biology graduate program.  Because of this change in career choice, I find myself working as an REU intern at the Botanic Garden, which has so far reinforced my decision to make the change. 

I'm working with Matt Rhodes, a Northwestern University graduate student, and KC West on a project researching pollinators' influence on gene flow between several Oenothera harringtonii populations endemic to Colorado.  I know, it's quite a bit to digest.  Over the last 2 weeks I have learned quite a bit, particularly dealing with DNA extraction.  I must admit my first round of extraction left much to be desired.  But, the second and third rounds have turned out good so far!  I have attached a few photos of the work in the lab. 

In addition to working on the above research, I also had the opportunity to take part in the Conservation Land Management (CLM) workshop that took place in the science building at the Garden all last week.  There were extremely informative seminars that gave me an idea of what a plant biologist may be able to do in the professional world. 

That's all for now.  You'll hear back from me in a few weeks.  -Peter

 

The clear, yellow liquid layer on top is where the DNA is.

 

Matt doing some extraction.  Notice the excellent form.

 

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