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19 September 2011

What I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

Today is one of those days. Those days where I look back at my past three years and think about the opportunities and resources that I wish I had known earlier. As a senior, graduation is looming close and I'm thinking to myself, "wow, in over 8 months, I am going to strike out in the real world." And boy, do I not feel ready at all!

Besides the fact that I don't want to leave college so quickly, there's still so many things that I wish I knew earlier and thus take advantage of opportunities earlier. Here are the things I wish I did as a freshman:

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21 April 2011

So you wanna join a research lab?

An accessory on level with the latest iphone and miniature dog, lab research is a must have for biology majors. Just the idea of getting published and wearing the coveted lab coat as an undergrad is making swarms of bio majors fight for such positions through URAP or SPUR. The constant reminder of today's slow economy has only escalated the rush to get these spots. Especially with the reverence of Berkeley biology professors it seems impressive to slap onto your resume “research assistant” next to the name of a professors who is considered an academic god and has published more papers than one can read. We are often bombarded with people telling us how research is a necessity for professional/grad school, summer internships and boy does it show. Tips on how to get positions in labs and what to expect have often been a focus of many people who come to office hours (yeah so just FYI those that come to OH get lots of insider info on classes, lab and stuff so if you are ever unsure or need advice on stuff come talk to us! =D). Now for the tips!

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19 April 2010

Field life!

In the midst of Telebears season, I wanted to pass on some advice about one of my favorite classes this semester! Many CNR students have to take Biology 1B to satisfy a lower division requirement, but few are aware of the field section option. I highly recommend this for students who enjoy being outside and want to get a head start with research! Especially for environmental science majors, this class serves as great preparation for your independent senior thesis! Our lab section meets for the same 4-hour discussion/lab period as regular Bio1B sections, but we don't spend the entire time working on the assigned labs for the week. Instead, our research groups get to work on developing our experiment, sampling in the field, and finally analyzing and compiling the data. But *be aware* that this lab is a much bigger time commitment, because you have to do extra work for your research project outside of lab time! Also, we had the opportunity to go on 2 field trips to Point Reyes and the Presidio thus far, and are going on our last field trip to Mt. Diablo this week! These field trips are a great opportunity to supplement lecture material with real-life experiences. Here are some photos from our first trip to Point Reyes! pal%20blog%201.JPG pal%20blog%202.JPG pal%20blog%203.JPG Specifically for my group's research project, we are studying the effects of culverts on water quality and habitat health of Strawberry Creek. We are doing this by analyzing populations of benthic macro invertebrates as bio indicators at locations above and below the 3 culverts nearest to campus. These macro invertebrates can be classified into species that are tolerant, non-tolerant, and semi-tolerant to pollution. From that, we can classify habitats as better or poorer quality based on the tolerance of the organisms living there. Here are some photos we took while collecting samples for our research project! pal%20blog%20benthos%202.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%201.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%203.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%204.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%205.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%206.JPG pal%20blog%20benthos%207.JPG Our group and the rest of the groups in my section will be presenting our projects during RRR week, on Thursday May 6th! These presentations will be open to the public, so feel free to stop by if you are interested in hearing more! For more information and details about applying, check out the official website at http://ib.berkeley.edu/courses/bio1b/field/fs.htm. Happy scheduling! Kelley

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03 June 2009

What am I up to this summer?

This summer I am doing clinical research at the Berkeley Optometry center here in UC Berkeley. So far I have just survived my third day at work. I started training on Monday and there are lots of office tasks and different experiment procedures to learn. You know those flyers on the bulletin boards in different buildings that say "Do you wear glasses?", "Soft contact lens studies" or "Toric Lens studies"? I realized that I will be one of those people assisting the experiments.

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