After finishing up all our data analysis, we got to work on drafting an abstract to submit to the LSA conference in January. Regardless of whether or not our abstract gets accepted, the process of reducing our months of research into a 1-page abstract was definitely a good learning experience. I’ve never had to write a formal abstract before, so working with my advisor to decide what was most important to include was stressful at times.
I enjoyed conducting research over the summer, mainly because of all of the novel experiences I encountered with my lab partner. I’ll note some of the events I thought were memorable.
At the end of 10 weeks of work, much progress was made. The Project I and my lab mate Jasmine Greene worked on was as complete as we could make it. We set out at the beginning of the summer with a few goals. The first was to locate a pond, and take samples from before, various points during, and after a rain event. Accomplished. The second was to create slides and count the abundance of all the samples from these. Check. Then isolate viruses from the samples. Took a while, and all of our soil filters, but check. Get RNA/DNA from these. Check. Obtain quality checks on each of these. Check. Send these off to a sequencing facility. Check.