Archives for the ‘Honors Thesis’ Category

October Update

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This update will be brief, as I am currently working on the first chapter of my thesis! The draft is due November 2nd, and I’m nervous but also really excited. My thesis has evolved a lot since I last posted. What I realized as I started researching and writing in earnest was that I had set…
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Fiber Festival, State Fair, and an Inordinate Amount of Readings

By • Oct 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most of this month has been reading: lots and lots of reading. I’m trying to get through a book a week, which is a tall order for someone who is usually super slow at reading. But I’m reading about animals! So of course I’m enjoying myself. As a very refreshing break from that, though, I…
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October Update: Learning to Balance

By • Oct 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been a busy semester so far! I have two studies up and running on the online psychology study participation system (SONA) and am making great progress with both of these. We need about 40 more participants for our in-person study and 60 more for our online study. Already this semester, we have run…
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Eclogitization in the Lofoten Islands: Structural Analysis

By • Oct 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Much of the first few weeks with my thin sections were devoted to the petrologic aspects of my research. As I mentioned in last month’s post, I carefully analyzed each thin section for the minerals with which it was made up, made preliminary measurements, made decisions on which thin sections would be best to use…
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An investigation of alternative phosphorylation sites in arsR in Helicobacter pylori(part2)

By • Oct 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since the start of this semester, I’ve performed qRT-PCR for several times. qRT-PCR with taqman probes enables us to know the relative concentrations of mRNAs from the cells cultured under acidic (in my case pH5) and neutral(pH7) conditions. This technique requires a lot of patience and great attention to details. Although at the beginning, the […]

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An investigation of alternative phosphorylation sites in arsR in Helicobacter pylori(part1)

By • Oct 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over last summer, I conducted a series of experiments to test out my hypothesis: 47th and 59th positions are alternative phosphorylation sites for arsR in H.pylori with the presence of glutamic acid at 52nd position. I created mutants through mutagenesis, prepared mutant plasmids and did natural transformation on E.Coli. Sanger dideoxy DNA sequencing confirmed the […]

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Very late September update: Underrepresented College Students Study

By • Oct 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  During September I was able to recruit and conduct baseline survey among 63 Non-underrepresented and 59 underrepresented freshmen. There were few more other participants who were excluded due to their nontraditional social status (Not a part of any social class; may be a non-degree seeking student) and immigration status despite their non-underrepresented status based on…
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(Way Too Late) September Update

By • Oct 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey everyone! This semester has been off to a great start. The Summer Research Symposium went really well and it was great to see all of the cool research that everyone was working on this summer. I spent the first three or four weeks of the semester trying to finish characterizing the length variation of…
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October Update: Photochemistry and Graduate School Applications

By • Oct 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! It is crazy that we are already half way through October. My focus in lab has continued to be photochemistry. I am testing conditions for the optimal results and characterizing the ligand. I plan on being in lab more this month so that I can make definitive conclusions about the photochemical perimeters. In…
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Belated September Update

By • Oct 13th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! I apologize for the belatedness of this September update (it’s hard to believe it’s already October!). I thought I would give a brief update on what I did last month. I presented at the Summer Research Showcase and got some really great questions about my project’s methodology and theory. I found the presentation…
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