This is it, the final official week. My poster was printed on Monday, so I was done making big edits to it. Turns out that one of my stats came out incorrectly, so we had to print, cut, and tape new information to my poster. Two of the three changes are virtually invisible; the third was crooked and obviously taped onto the poster. Besides my edits, my poster turned out very clean and informational.
I’m thinking about incorporating some field work and outside conditions to try and start to figure out the mechanisms by which these isopods change color. Unlike the other REUs, I can continue working in my mentor’s lab. We have just started the process of figuring out what my time here will look like. It currently looks like my schedule will be tidally oriented and sparse, due to the field work and the lack of an official position.
My time as an REU student has been incredible. I was able to meet so many fascinating people and make a bunch of new friends. Being at the OIMB has been fun, and I’m excited that my time here can be extended (thanks Julie and Aaron!). I’m glad that some of the connections I have made here have been fruitful, in forms of furniture, a roommate, and more.
I’m sad that I have to say good-bye to the interns but glad that I don’t have to say good-bye to everyone else.