Maria Davis ’13, Dimensions Fellow in Research- Inflammation and Wound Healing
Wow! The past 8 weeks have flown by and I feel very fortunate to have this experience. My mentors have challenged me and I have definitely felt like this internship has encouraged me to grow both academically and professionally!
This week was another very busy week as I tried to tie together the loose ends on some projects before I left. I helped with a last minute things for some other projects, since most lab member were still gone on vacation, but I also pulled together a lot of my own data and my final lab presentation for the Sutterwala lab at Oakdale. While every last detail wasn’t completed for my project, it was nice to be able to put some of the work I had done in better context of the entire project. Scientific research is definitely time consuming and while 8 weeks is a significant amount of time and a lot can be accomplished during this time, it is also not enough time to always finish everything.
My most eventful project this week was beginning to serial section the wounds I had embedded earlier in the summer. I was finally able to take the opportunity to use the special instrument I needed and I successfully completed two blocks. It was a project that takes lots and lots of practice and the process only gets easier over time. My first block was definitely not the best but the second went a lot better. I wish I had more time to keep section because I know that I would only improve as I got more experience!
Fun fact of the week: I had my final lab presentation on Tuesday! It was bit nervous at first because all of my data has been collect but not completely analyzed. Therefore, I was a little bit hesitant when I knew I had to present but I learned to understand that sometimes we don’t have all the information we need but have to present what we have. Everyone in the lab was very welcoming and kind and I definitely feel like it gave me some great experience in communication and conveying ideals and data to others.