The end is near. This week has been extremely busy and, as a result, extremely stressful. I was finally able to collect all my data and analyze it, leaving me to create my poster. I have quite a bit of work left to do on that, and I am working on setting up my house. Though it is stressful, I am still having fun.
Reyn, Nicole, and I went out to the mudflats to look for isopods, amphipods, sea slugs, and sea slug eggs. I got stuck in the mud, but not enough to require assistance. We had to trudge through eelgrass to find our organisms; I quietly apologized to Korrina before we went out because her organism of study is eelgrass.
Aaron Galloway, the head of the lab I am working in, came back from Washington on Monday. It was pleasant to see him again. His office is not in his lab, so I have not seen too much of him since his return. I learned that he apparently cannot survive without his sunglasses, even on cloudy days.
Working a shift communicating my research to the public was interesting. My display included an array of live isopods and my y-maze, which I expected to be a hit. Sadly, many people were grossed out by or scared of my isopods. Majority of the people who wanted to hold the isopods were children; children did not stick around to hear about my research. Besides my dad, I explained my experiments to a whopping three people. On the bright side, having people avoid my station allowed me to see what everyone else had planned for the event.
On Friday, the REUs took a trip to Eugene. It was amusing that so many of the other interns were very impressed with the University of Oregon main campus; some people joked about transferring there. I have already seen the entire campus and its facilities, so I already knew how nice everything is. I enjoyed getting out of the lab and the fog for the day, even though that time would have been great for creating figures for my data.
Next week, our posters are going to be judged and primed for presentation, which might be terrifying.