my sophomore year of high school, I took my first biology class. At
that moment I became interested in the inner workings of the body
and the systems that function within. During these impressionable
years, I made a decision to continue my interests by majoring in Biological
At East Carolina University, I have
been able to explore many different aspects within the field of Biology.
I have taken classes such as Genetics, Cell Physiology, Animal Physiology
and Ecology which have given further insight into such a vast field.
My expected graduation date is December
2006. Prior to graduating I plan to take the Dental Admissions
Test and then apply to dental school. While in dental school I would
like to specialize in the area of Forensic Odontology. After graduating
from dental school I would like to open my own dental office while
assisting in crime investigations.
In both my junior and senior years of
college I have gained experience as a Lab Assistant in the Microbiology
Lab. As an Assistant I am responsible for making various types of
media on which to grow bacteria. Some of the types of media used within
the lab are: lactose fermentation, oxidation-fermentation, and nutrient
agar. There are several types of bacteria that are grown within the
lab such as Escherichia coli, Stapphylococcus
aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes. While working
in the lab I have gained knowledge about the physiology of bacteria
and the mechanisms by which it thrives.
This summer I will gain
research experience while working with a mentor at Elizabeth City
State University. The research team with which I will be working
is the TeraScan team. The purpose of the our research will
be to automate a TeraScan image, thus eliminating the need for an
individual to manually process images received from the NOAA satellite. I
am really excited about being able to assist with a research project
which would be my first experience. Biology is a very exciting field
and assisting in a project will give me the hands-on experience I
need to further my career.