Hi everyone! My name is Matt Mendonca and I will be doing summer research in the Chemistry department with Dr. Wustholz. I am a rising junior from Newport News, VA and I look forward to beating the heat of Williamsburg by being cooped up in a dark room shooting a laser at nanoparticles. When I am not busy studying most of the year I love to play soccer, watch movies, and hang out with my brothers in the Delta Chi Fraternity. Since I joined Dr. Wustholz’s research team at the beginning of this spring semester I have learned more than I ever thought possible, yet I’ve also realized that I barely understand a fraction of everything that goes on in the lab. It is very difficult to soak in everything that research has to offer during the school year while taking classes and trying to avoid social irrelevancy, and this is why I look forward to devoting 10 weeks of my summer to mastering my research topic.
I am Martin Salgado-Flores, a current freshman at the College. This summer, I will join Dr. Sarah Day’s research group, which includes undergraduate research students from mathematics, biology, and computer science backgrounds and will be mentored by Dr. Sarah Day and Dr. Jesse Berwald, a post-doc working with the group.
This is my final blog! I can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by. It seems as if it was just yesterday that I was being trained on how to conduct this study! Over the course of the summer I have learned so much about how the research process works and about infants’ eating behavior and temperament. Furthermore, working with the moms and babies has been a truly enjoyable and engaging experience.
So, there has been a few problems within the enumeration process of the viral particles.
That is to say, I have not YET been able to count them due to some mysterious interactions between vrial particles, heat, DNase, and backgorund flourescence.