Name: Marvin Onwukwe
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site: UMBC USM LSAMP
Position Title: Undergraduate Researcher
Major or Program: Biological Sciences
Current Class Level: Junior
Work Term: Spring 2022
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
My responsibilities include learning laboratory procedures and getting myself up to speed with the other undergraduate researchers in the lab by undergoing training. I'd like to get onto my own project and intellectually contribute to the findings. I take part in chores, meetings, technique training and data collection. I collect flies from food vials carefully and put them to sleep with carbon dioxide and inspect them under the microscope. I need to discover their gender and safely collect the correctly designated flies from labeled fly lines so that they can be treated with the experimental variable and gage the results through their homogenized sample.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I heard about the vacancy through a recent UMBC graduate and I had formally applied via USM LSAMP.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
Learning from experienced undergraduate peers
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I believe I made an impact by contributing to a greater whole. The lab is reputable, the grand scheme/goals of the research contribute to solving some of today's most relevant medical qualms of which I would be fortunate to make contributions to in the smallest part.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Now is the best time. Don't wait, you'll be happy you took the opportunity to grow.
Please provide a short reflection or quote about what you liked most about your position / earning internship credit / working with the Career Center.
I feel more engaged with people who could be valuable resources. It gave me more confidence in pursuing the daunting initial steps I needed to take to find out my passions. I held so much initial fear towards the future as many do but I now feel more capable of assertive action that would put me in the right direction.
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