This week was full of activities to be done outside of research. We mainly focused on community outreach by having the REUs each have their own display at the Charleston Marine Life Center. It was a wonderful experience to break down our projects to the general public. One of the ultimate goals for me in my career is to do all I can to spread environmental awareness and show others how fascinating science can be. I believe I did a good job with all of the stimulating conversations that were had that day along with the small children who look like I won over with my display. I was very happy to educate others about my Pseudo-Nitzschia project with domoic acid and phytoplankton through my microscope and mussel materials. I believe it made for an engaging experience on both sides.
There was admittedly less time for research this week, but it consisted of attempts at finishing the analysis of water samples to have a substantial amount of data for our posters due extremely soon. At this point, unfortunately, I know I will not be able to finish all that I originally intended to accomplish, but considering how much time is needed for each of my experimental rounds there was only so much I could do. I look forward, however, to completing my project poster and seeing everything that I did accomplish these past weeks that went by much too quickly.
My name is Nancy Torres and I am from Carson, a city located in southern California. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. My ultimate career goal is to find a way to combine my passion for learning about the marine realm with my desire to help spread environmental awareness and inspire action.