This summer, I have an internship with the Rafferty Lab from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). As a large public university in California, UCR is committed to research, diversity and inclusion. I am assisting one of Dr. Nicole Rafferty’s PhD. students, Elijah Hall, on projects involving pollination ecology. We are residing at the White Mountain Research Center (WMRC) in the White Mountains, CA to conduct field research for the summer. Each day, I assist Elijah on data collection, entry and analysis, while also working on an independent project.
Moving to California for the summer has been an amazing opportunity. I am eager to learn more data collection techniques, study plant/ pollinator relationships and connect with other graduate students/ faculty this summer. I am confident that this internship will help me become a stronger candidate for graduate school and increase my research skill set. I am looking forward to diving deeper into this incredible opportunity and gaining more hands-on research experience this summer.