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2017 Interns

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Brooke Allen is studying Biology at North Central College and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I grew up in a small island town on the Gulf coast of Florida and moved to Illinois for college. My favorite plant is the bald cypress tree because it reminds me of home. I enjoy being outdoors, painting, reading and learning about plants! I’m interested in studying plant genetics, pathways, and interactions and how they affect the ecosystem as a whole.

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Justyn Carrasco is studying Plant Biology at Illinois State University and is expecting to graduate in 2020
About Me:
I am going into my sophomore year at Illinois State University. I am interested in plant biology. I wish to become a conservation biologist at the molecular level, to show that species need diversity for their success. Prior to becoming an REU I was a part of the College First program here at the garden, this peaked my interest in molecular work. I also interned at the Desert Botanic Garden working in their conservation lab introducing me to conservation at the molecular level. My favorite part of biology or science in general is that your work revolves around your interest and allows you to ask and answer question that you are passionate about! During my time as an REU I want to know what it is like to work on a project semi independently what it is like to analyze the data(which I am not familiar with).

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Elizabeth Donaldson is studying Biology at University of Northwestern - St. Paul and is expecting to graduate in 2019
About Me:
I am a sophomore student of biology in the Twin Cities, and I have loved nature ever since my earliest camping trips to northern Minnesota when I was very young! Currently, my research interests center on genetics, population biology, and biomedical advancement. I am also an enthusiast of great literature and classical music, especially the Scandinavian choral tradition which is so prevalent in my home state. This summer, I am studying paternity and genetic diversity in different Clarkia populations. The goal of this project is to determine if different pollinators are more or less effective at introducing genetically-diverse pollen to plants.

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Anita Fang at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and is expecting to graduate in 2018

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Ana Flores is studying Biological Sciences at Florida International University and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I am a Biology major at FIU in Miami, Florida, with a focus on Ecology and Evolution. I am generally interested in animal and plant adaptations to rapidly changing ecosystems, particularly due to extreme climate variation. I believe that if we understand how plants and animals adapt, even on a very small evolutionary scale, we can improve conservation, and properly inform restoration efforts. This summer I'll be studying how seeds, sourced from different regions for prairie restoration, compare when exposed to a simulated frost event. Personally, I am an avid reader. Also, I am optimistic about the potential of the internet to serve Science as a vehicle for communicating with the non-scientific public.

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Finote Gijsman is studying Plant Biology and Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and is expecting to graduate in 2019

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Corina Godoy is studying Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I am an environmental science and management major with a focus on ecological restoration. I attend Humboldt State University in Northern California, but I grew up in a small city in Southern California. My favorite plant is white sage because it is one of the first plants I learned to identify. I like to paint and go rock climbing in my free time. I am excited to learn more about parasitic plant relationships and the indirect effects that result from these interactions.

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Jalen Holloway is studying Environmental Science at Humboldt State University and is expecting to graduate in 2017
About Me:
Hi there, I grew up in Southern California. I enjoy watching sports, which include soccer and basketball. Also, writing is a big hobby of mine. More specifically, I like to write both novels and poems in my spare time. When I went to college, I found my passion in both Environmental science and Botany, and I plan to get my Master's degree in Botany. Through this program, I want to learn more about undertaking a research project.

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Evana James is studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science and is expecting to graduate in 2020

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Marina Malone is studying Computer Engineering and is expecting to graduate in 2020
About Me:
I like plants and programming!

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Sarah Park at Adlai E Stevenson High School and is expecting to graduate in 2018

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Renata Poulton Kamakura is studying Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolution Specialization at University of Chicago and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
As a diplomat's kid, I have grown up all over the place and love to travel and explore. I also love to play sports and hike and be outdoors, and so I, unsurprisingly, really enjoy field work as well. I am most interested in conservation biology and get the chance to work on restoration in tallgrass prairies this summer.

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Stephanie Roh is studying Environmental Science & Sustainability at Cornell University and is expecting to graduate in 2019
About Me:
I am interning as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar from Cornell University. I will be working on a project with Nora Gavin-Smyth on the genetic rescue of Cirsium hillii, an endangered thistle native to the Illinois prairie. I'm from Hoboken, New Jersey and this will be my first time in Chicago! I love winter sports, traveling, and growing my plant collection.

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Imeña Valdes is studying Biological Sciences at Florida International University and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I grew up in both South and Central Florida, and relocated to Miami again to attend FIU. My research interests are in plant/animal interactions, ethnobotany, and agriculture in the tropics. I love everything tropical, especially plants and fruits! This summer my project is focusing on flowering phenology of three different populations of Asclepias syriaca where we'll be monitoring pollinator visitation and how that changes over the course of the season.

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Anni Wang is studying Biological Science at Florida State University and is expecting to graduate in 2017

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Sydney Weil is studying Biology at Amherst College and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I grew up in Northern California, where I developed a love of nature, which turned into a passion for conservation. I'm excited to spend the summer researching hawkmoths and their interactions with Oenothera harringtonii for my honors thesis. In my spare time, I love reading, hiking, and riding horses.

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Nathanael Williams is studying Environmental Biology at Ferris State University and is expecting to graduate in 2018
About Me:
I'm a senior at Ferris State University in Michigan, studying environmental biology. I grew up in small towns where the only thing to do is play outside; It's learned to love the outdoors and everything that it has to offer. I'm an active person who enjoys athletics, working out, reading research articles and video games. Constantly evaluating my performance and focusing on how to improve whatever activity I'm doing has driven me to want to work in the field of research, so I'm very grateful for this opportunity! I will be working with Louise Egerton in the soil lab, hoping to contribute toward a better understanding of the inner workings of soil.