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A Student’s Road to Presenting in Wisconsin

Sierra Stubbs is a rising senior majoring in Human Health. She was awarded a Summer 2018 Conference Grant which she used to attend the Agriculture, Food, Human Values, and Society Conference.

For the last year, I have had the opportunity to assist Dr. Reznickova with her research on the participation and/or exclusion of low income people in farmers’ markets around Atlanta. I took a class with Dr. Reznickova, and because I loved the class I frequently went to her office hours. The topic of research came up, and when I told her I was interested in learning how to conduct research, she told me about her study. I am so glad that she offered me the opportunity to assist her with this research, as this study is very unique and important. During our literature review, we found that many studies about farmers’ markets, the local food movement, and low income participation typically implied that low income people feel excluded from alternative food spaces, or do not want to attend farmers’ markets due to the typical crowd of white, affluent customers. However, many of these studies do not speak with people experiencing low income status before making these generalizations. So, we sought to change this by talking to low income people who do and do not attend farmers’ markets about their motivations, barriers, feelings, and experiences.


Julia Durmer is a rising senior majoring in Human Health and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was awarded a Summer 2018 Conference Grant which she used to attend the SLEEP Conference.

Between June 2nd and June 6th I was in Baltimore, Maryland, attending and presenting research at the 2018 Associated Professional Sleep Societies’ (APSS) annual meeting, which is referred to as SLEEP. SLEEP is an annual scientific and clinical conference for sleep medicine physicians and sleep and circadian researchers, featuring lectures and an exhibit hall. During my time in Baltimore, I had the pleasure of presenting my research two times, once in a poster exposition and a second time when I was invited to take part in a symposium on the topic of sleep duration’s impact on cardiovascular and metabolic health. I gave a talk on my study, entitled “The Association Between Sleep Duration and Excess Heart Age Among U.S. Adults.” What made this meeting extra special was that I got to attend SLEEP with my father, a long-time sleep researcher and clinician. 

Epigenetics of Myopia: Creating Insight into the Landscape of our Genome

Somin Kim is a rising senior majoring in Biology. She was awarded a Spring 2018 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on myopia under Dr. John Nickerson. 

It was in seventh grade when I first wanted to become an ophthalmologist. My mother’s vision had been deteriorating to the point of legal blindness, and it was around this time that my mother’s optometrist confirmed that this deterioration would continue until she was completely blind. It was the classic, “Someone dear to me is suffering; I will become the solution so she and others like her don’t have to” that drives so many into the field of medicine. But it wasn’t until I joined my lab at the Emory Eye Center that I became truly enamored by the eye. My drive towards an MD/PhD was no longer a one-dimensional desire; it was now rooted by my complete fascination on the organ that lets us perceive reality.

Research Recap: My Undergraduate Research Experience Highlight Reel

Hayley Moyer is a rising senior majoring in Biology. She was awarded a Summer 2018 Conference Grant which she used to attend the Experimental Biology Conference.

If you’d have told me when I started college that I’d find a home in a renal physiology research lab by the end of my undergraduate career, I wouldn’t have believed you. I never in a million years considered research to be something I could actually conduct and present to others myself. While I’d always loved science, I was sometimes intimidated by its uncertain, always-developing nature. Three years into my undergraduate career, however, here I am with two solid years of research under my belt, planning to continue my investigations into my senior year and even possibly beyond. 

The Struggles of Science

Wendy Zhan is a rising junior majoring in Biology. She was awarded a Spring 2018 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on single-celled amoebas under Dr. Adam Marcus. 

When I first got an email back from Adam (my PI) saying that I could start going into lab, I was extremely excited. I had been assigned my own project where I was going to use Dictyostelium discoideum, a single-celled amoeba, to model cancer metastasis and tumor heterogeneity. As the only lab experience I had at the time was high school biology and chemistry lab, I expected that working in an actual lab would be a similar experience - that I would follow some procedures and get my results. However, as I quickly learned, I couldn’t have been more wrong.