|Molly recording temperature and dissolved oxygen in the field|
and making acidified filter packets in the lab
Molly’s favorite part of this whole summer REU experience at KSU has been “getting the opportunity to work with all the great individuals in the Dodds’ Lab. I owe a huge thanks to everyone (Dr. Walter Dodds, James Guinnip, Sammi Greiger, Lane Lundeen, Sophie Higgs, & Anne Schechner) for their patience, kindness, and willingness to help. They made me feel as if I had always been a part of their lab. They assisted me in more ways than I could ever imagine especially the grad student who worked closest with me, James Guinnip.” She said she also learned, “There will be many mishaps in all aspects of one’s research. Sometimes the only thing to do is laugh and continue. Additionally, surrounding yourself with great individuals to assist you in your research holds monumental importance.”
Molly will be a junior at Simpson College this fall. She is the Campus Activities Board (CAB) President, a past President of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and a Junior Class Senator for the Simpson College Student Government Association (SGA). In addition, Molly is an active member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the Sustainability Club as well as a Carver Bridge Scholar. In addition to her co-curricular activities, Molly has made the Dean’s List four times, the fall of 2016, the spring of 2017, the fall of 2017, and the spring of 2018.
Molly’s other interests also reflect her passion for studying water. She has conducted ecological research through prior summer programs at Simpson College and through a study abroad course in the Cayman Islands this past May. She mentioned it was through this course she had the opportunity to study “the effect of depth and location on the amount of coral bleaching.” Furthermore, it was during her visit to the Cayman Islands that she also received her certification in scuba diving. In her spare time, Molly enjoys being outside and describes herself as an “avid runner.”
As for Molly’s future plans, she will graduate from Simpson College in 2020 and plans to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in the biological sciences. She added, “I aspire to continue to research coral reefs, but will go where opportunities arise.”
Workforce Development, Education and Outreach funding for the Summer MAPS REU program is provided by the Kansas NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award OIA-1656006 titled: "Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plant, and Soil Systems across Kansas." The grant's workforce development and educational objectives are designed to enhance STEM education in Kansas by supporting activities that will lead to an expanded STEM workforce or prepare a new generation for STEM careers in the areas of aquatic, plant and soil microbiome environments and ecological systems.