Wow, how is it already the last week of my internship!? Honestly, I feel as if I’ve only been here for, at most, one month. Time flies when you’ve got shipworms to keep you busy.
This week has been focused 100% on translating my research into visual form for our poster session next week. Choosing how much, or how little to share on a poster is a challenge. Too many words overwhelms the reader and they loose interest; too little and insufficiently explain your research. Then there are the other fine tunings like colors, alignment, borders, fonts……the list goes on and on! The REU group met this week to critique each other’s poster drafts, which was an exercise in the art of accepting constructive criticism. I am thankful for the suggestions that I received. Knowing that they come from a place of encouragement, not judgement, makes them easier to accept. Criticism is part of life, and part of science, and this is the path that I have chosen for myself so I had better learn how to receive it.
Now that my experiment has concluded, the question remaining is: how do I squeeze the most lab experience into my last week? I would like to attempt extracting a juvenile shipworm from one of my test block to see how it has metamorphosed since burrowing. Capturing some microscopic images of it and take detailed notes would feel like a fitting conclusion to the 9 weeks I have spent reading about shipworms, finding them, observing them, and becoming a shipworm enthusiast.