RESEARCH TIMELINE

Houston Early Research
Experience

Introductory AAP Internship

Advanced AAP Internship

Galapagos Research Abroad

Osgood Summer Externship

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

 

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

During Summer 2020, I received a $4000 fellowship to conduct 10 weeks of research over the summer. I worked with Dr. Marc Hanke to analyze the population demographics of Crassostrea virginica on restored oyster reefs in Galveston Bay. I also looked at the impact on oyster larval recruitment, both before and after Hurricane Harvey. 

I presented my research at UH's Fall and Spring Undergraduate Research Days, Rice University's Gulf Coast Undergraduate Symposium, and Gulf Estuarine Research Society. My research poster is below. 

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Osgood foreign policy externship

For the Summer of 2020, I was selected to participate in a 10 week externship with the Osgood Foreign Policy Center located in Washington D.C. 

 

The program involved being matched with a mentor, developing a personal research project, and consolidating the research into a paper and presentation. 

I chose to research the federal policy and public health responses to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the 1980s and COVID-19 in 2020. 

galapagos research projects

In the Summer of 2019, I participated in two field research projects regarding the conservation of petrel birds and sea urchins. These projects impressed on me the importance of field research in conservation biology.

Petrels

 

Determined the nesting locations in three main highland areas to be able to compare with nesting patterns from previous years. Using the data we collected on our hikes, we each created maps through Geographic Information Systems.

 

See my map below.

GIS Map for Petrel Nests

Sea Urchins

 

The sea urchins project required placing quadrants along underwater transects in order to determine sea urchin impact on algal coverage.

Narrative Project

 

After returning from the trip, I created a narrative project using GIS Story Maps. I documented the oral histories of all my classmates to encapsulate our diverse cohort.

 

See more below.

ArcGIS Story Map

Click here to see more about my experiences in the Galapagos Islands.

 

advanced academic associates Program

In this semester-long internship, I was paired with a research mentor in the Oncology and Hematology Department of Texas Children's Hospital.

Tumor Study

 

I extracted pathology reports for a rhabdoid tumor research study. I learned about atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors and important markers to indicate the presence of a rhabdoid tumor in a patient’s body.

 

I analyzed data from 900+ pages of patient reports to accurately enter relevant cases of localized, soft tissue rhabdoid tumors into a database.

ED Crowding

 

Through the internship, I also attended lectures and completed a literature review on ED Crowding.

 

The link to the paper is below.

ED Crowding

 
 

intro academic associates Program

In the Fall of 2018, I had the opportunity to work with the Research Team and shadow physicians within the Pediatric Emergency Department of Texas Children's Hospital. 

Asthma Study

I collected data about the demographics of asthma patients seeking emergency care and enrolled patients in studies. This involved screening for patients that fit the inclusion criteria. The goal was to survey for socioeconomic determinants that could be impacting repeated asthma problems in the same patients. The correlation between socioeconomic status and healthcare access became apparent over the course of the study.

 

HOUSTON EARLY RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

My first exposure to research in college was through the Houston Early Research Experience. I, along with three other group members, spent two weeks creating a research proposal for rooftop gardens to combat the urban heat effect in Houston. Guided by my faculty mentor, I learned to analyze research papers and ask the right questions when it comes to research.

(Honors College, University of Houston)