Thoughts from our Anne Dinges who attended the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research last month at Kennesaw State University, just north of Atlanta, Georgia.
"It was a rewarding experience to present my research at a conference of 4,000 presenters. During my poster session, I had people that came up with varying levels of plant genetics knowledge. I was able to tell those with very little about my project, experience, and the potential impact it could have on farmers in the future. On the other hand, I had a couple in-depth conversations regarding current and future plant biotechnology with people that are studying exactly that at other universities.
I was also able to listen to presentations from undergrads about soil health, the chemistry of sunscreen, public transportation throughout the Atlanta metro area, architecture in the Middle East, and many more. The plenary speakers gave great advice about research and life. Dr. Alistair Dove, from the Georgia Aquarium, talked about his research with whale sharks. Dr. Valerie Montgomery, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, talked about her path from childhood to where she is now and health equity.
I met smart, kind people from around the US that will go on to great things. The weather was beautiful in Atlanta, we enjoyed sitting outside for all of our meals- they had tents set up on their central campus much like we do for CALS or Homecoming week. The conference attendees also took over SunTrust Park for a Braves baseball game on Friday night.
Thank you for supporting my attendance to this conference. I'm appreciative of not only the funding, but the support I've had from the agronomy department in the wide array of opportunities I've participated in throughout my time at ISU."