Gaining research experience

By Andrea, Anastasio, ASBMB

Morgan Stark, Otterbein University, is a recipient of the 2015 ASBMB Undergraduate Research award. Morgan shares on the importance of undergraduate research experience. 

How and when did you first become interested in science?
I remember always loving science, even in grade school. I cannot pinpoint a specific experience that got me hooked on science. I love that you can explain most everything with science.

Are you planning to attend graduate school after college? If so, in what field?
Yes, I am planning on attending veterinary medical school after college.

Are you participating in any extracurricular activities on campus?
I am the vice-president of the Otterbein Animal Health Science Club. I am a volunteer for Equestrian Special Olympics. I am also a member of Habitat for Humanity.

What kinds of research are you involved in currently?
Currently, I am working to complete my honors research project. It is entitled, “Determination of Cyclic di-GMP-Controlled Gene Expression in a Pharmacologically Important Bacterium Using RNA Sequencing and Real-Time PCR.” This project is focusing on gene expression in relation to a second messenger molecule called cyclic-di-GMP. The bacterium is called Streptomyces coelicolor.

What advice do you have for undergraduates wanting to get involved in research?
I think participating in research as an undergraduate is a very valuable experience. Conducting research allows you to gain important life skills like time management. The time I have spent in the lab has given me a greater appreciation for scientists and researchers of all types. At times, your patience will be tested. However, when your hard work pays off, it is very rewarding.

What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become a veterinarian. I am very interested in equine medicine. I would like to gain further training after veterinary medical school to become specialized in an area of equine medicine.

What are your hobbies?
I love to horseback ride, read, and watch movies in my free time. I also took up boxing over the summer which I am enjoying.

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