Archive for September, 2019

September Update

By • Sep 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi everyone! My research has taken a slight shift, and I’ve been looking at the use of online discourse as a means to negotiate the lack of physical spaces. Considering that many of the consistent LGBT+ space (i.e., outside of Pride events) tend to cater to adults who have an interest in sexual and romantic…
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Summary Post: Goodbye My (Feathered) Friends

By • Sep 27th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been almost two months since I finished my summer research project, and I am just now posting my summary post, but better late than never, right?   Overall, my summer research experience was a positive one- my lab partner and I worked out a lot of unforseen roadblocks, were able to use sophisticated […]

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Collaboration & Advising: A Unique Thesis Experience

By • Sep 22nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile but I am back and excited to give you all some updates on my thesis. This week, I wanted to talk a bit about collaboration and advising and share some of the learning experiences I have had in this area. Once I got settled into the semester, I met with…
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Reactions to the Movie Frida

By • Sep 22nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I watched the movie Frida, written by and starring Salma Hayek. The film represents a biography of her life from her teenage years to her death, encompassing everything from the bus accident that crippled her to the beginning of her art career to her troubled relationship with Diego Rivera. I was interested in […]

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Bioprinter Summary

By • Sep 14th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Overall I would consider this summer a huge success! With the extensive help of the Small Maker Space I was able to complete the construction of the bioprinter. While I started out by following the design described by a paper from ODU, I ran into several complications including motors not working, and a power supply […]

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Bioprinter Update 7

By • Sep 14th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This was the last week of the summer, and it was spent wrapping up things in lab and getting ready for the school year. I finished a write up of the printer detailing how mine differs from the paper that I followed, what problems I encountered while constructing the printer, and how those problems were […]

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Bioprinter Update 6

By • Sep 14th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I worked with a member of the iGEM team to successfully prepare the electrocompetent cells. During our last glycerol wash we were unable to recover the cells that adhered to the side of the falcon tube, and thus our final cell concentration of prepared cells was not as high as it should have been. The […]

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Honors Fellowship Summary Post

By • Sep 13th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well, everyone…our seldom productive summers have already ended, and it is time to step up and start writing our honors papers! This season, I learned so much more than my computer science grades indicate. My Python skills are continuous (i.e., nearly 2 years of experience already), and one of my academic interests in artificial intelligence…
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Colorful Politics (Research Update #3)

By • Sep 8th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The world of social media politics is one to truly behold. Someone once told me that only those who don’t know how to debate do their debating on social media. I have two varying opinions on this: for one, they have something of a point – social media is notorious for being a space for […]

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Two Interviews Completed (Update 2)

By • Sep 5th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Despite a frustrating experience with the Institutional Review Board, my research was approved by the PHSC at the end of July. Since then, I have advertised my research project on a local college’s campus. I chose not to interview William and Mary students because the campus is so small and I didn’t want to speak to anyone […]

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