iUTAH Undergraduate iFellows
Week 11 Recap
July 24-28, 2017
The last week of iFellows was an exceptionally short one, but still eventful. I spend a vast majority of my weekend finishing up my extended abstract and presentation to make room for moving later in the week. Tuesday was the last day at the lab for me AND there was rain, so Conor and I spent half the day out and about collecting samples for Trixie. All and all, a nice final day at the UWRL. Wednesday was the iFellows symposium, which was amazing! It was great to see how all of us grew from the first orientation to this final presentation of our Summer's work.
It's been a fantastic experience being an iFellow. I really appreciate everyone involved in running such an amazing program. Thanks for letting me tag along!
As this program was coming to a close, I had the opportunity to give a presentation of my summer research to other iFellows and their mentors in addition to some iUTAH staff. The presentations were held on Wednesday. Earlier in the week I put the final touches on the presentation with input from my mentors as well as rehearsed my talk more times than I'd like to admit. Thursday and Friday I finished up my extended abstract and other final program necessities.
During the program, I was fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places across northern Utah, make valuable connections with water researchers from across the state, and make several friends. I look forward to taking this experience with everything I learned and apply it to my future as I continue to pursue a degree and ultimately a career in water science. This program has been a wonderful experience. I've learned a lot, grown as an individual, and am proud to have been a part of it.
iUTAH may be done for the summer, but I can now say that I have planned and executed my own research project. I know how to test for trace metals in a river, and I've made great new friends that will be of help in the near future as I continue to learn more about water quality, and hydrology. Being a 2017 iFellow is a great experience, a great internship, and I'm happy with how everything turned out. The experience of creating and presenting a poster, and oral presentation are valuable.
Thank you iUTAH!
Somehow, it’s already the last week of the 2017 iFellow Program. It’s been an amazing summer! I’ve learned so much more than I thought was possible in 11 short weeks, and made new friends and connections in my lab and the iFellows cohort. This week we had the iFellow Symposium where we gave PowerPoint presentations of our research. I was nervous to present in front of everyone, but things went pretty well. It was incredible to see everyone’s research and how far we’ve all come from day one. We’ve all grown and learned so much. Scott Bates gave a presentation on future conferences and poster sessions, as well as information about graduate school, which made me excited about my future in the field of research. Finally, to wrap up the week I finished my extended abstract. I’m definitely sad my time as an iFellow is over, but excited about the opportunities I’m now aware of and the experience I had this summer. I plan to use all I’ve learned to continue my education and participation in research science, and am proud of what I’ve already accomplished.
For my final week as an iFellow, my personal project was mostly concluded so I spent the three working days working on other projects. On Tuesday I went to collect groundwater samples in the morning, and rain samples in the afternoon. The rain samples I also helped running for microbial tests. On Thursday I tried to fix the auto-samplers that are set out to collect rain events as they occur. I had some success and returned Friday morning to finish the job. Friday afternoon I went out to a site to weed bio retention bays we planted this summer.
I spent some evenings working on finishing my presentation and my extended abstract. After presenting on Wednesday I was able to finish my abstract with fully updated figures. I then had to re present my presentation on Friday to those who are working on the project as it continues. I feel the iFellow experience helped me become more comfortable researching and presenting the findings. I am glad I had this opportunity this summer.
This week was bitter sweet. It was full of many logistics or finishing papers and running results for two days straight to be prepared for the iFellows presentation, but it was more than worth it. I feel much more comfortable and even confident presenting than I did at the start of this 11 weeks and I was proud to explain to everyone what we did and what we found. I'll miss the other iFellows, Michelle, field work and all of it (even the parts that seemed tedious at first). All and all I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this program for it's possible last year. It was moving to see how much everyone cared about the iUTAH and it's mission, and everyone involved. I count myself lucky to have experienced everything I did and met everyone I did.
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