I'm a third year Zoology student. My URSA Engage research project was a continuation of research I had done the previous summer in James Rivers lab, and was focused on how native bee fitness is affected by varying forest fire severity. I’m currently involved with Ramesh Sagili Honeybee Health and Nutrition lab, and the David Maddison Ground Beetle Systematics lab. I have independent projects in both labs focusing on hive evaluation efficacy, and species description following a genus review of Brachypelus, respectively. URSA Engage allowed me to further explore the interface between insects and their environment through a forestry application, and was the first project I had that was independent from beginning to end. I presented my URSA Engage research at the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference, and won first place for my oral presentation on the same research at the 2019 Regional LSAMP conference.
Advice for other students:
Take advantage of OSU’s undergraduate research funding opportunities and seek ways to leverage the experience into presentations and publications!