Research Topic: Chicago River with the Freshwater Lab (The Backward River)
How did you get involved in research?
I got involved in research during my sophomore year. I realized that I wanted to do something to make my time at UIC meaningful. I started looking for a mentor and a lab where I can make my ideas come to life. After many, many unsuccessful attempts at different labs, I came across L@s GANAS. Through this program, I applied for the L@s GANAS Research Fellowship and mentorship program where I was able to make new connections and get the support I needed. I also met my current research mentor, Rachel Havrelock, and I began my research around the Chicago River with the Freshwater Lab that led to the making of The Backward River.
What advice do you have for new L@s GANAS Students?
The first piece of advice that I have for new L@s GANAS students would be to never give up! I’ve been in multiple labs and at one point felt like the STEM path wasn’t for me and even felt imposter syndrome. However, nothing was wrong with me; I just wasn’t getting the support I needed. L@s GANAS provides you with all the support you need. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. This is what the team is here for!
The second piece of advice I have is to not be afraid to make new connections and put yourself out there. Be confident in yourself. You deserve it!
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