LUMCON REU Program Represented at Ocean Sciences Meeting
February 29, 2012
“My REU experience at LUMCON led me on a tremendous personal growth journey,” raved Tiffany Warner, an alumnus of LUMCON’s first annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Internship Program in 2011.
Warner was selected as an NSF Fellow to represent LUMCON’s REU Program at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, from February 19 – 24, where she presented a poster based on findings from her REU research project. In addition to attending oral and poster presentations on a wide range of research topics, she also attended numerous workshops, working group sessions, and town hall meetings throughout the week. “I learned many important career building skills including how to more effectively network and communicate ideas. I observed a working group make decisions about future challenges that we will face, and I listened to experienced scientists speak about the direction our field needs to head and future research needs. I tried to capture a wide breadth of areas in the talks I attended including ones that ranged from the east to the west coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic and everything from phytoplankton to macro fauna,” Warner recounted. “It was absolutely amazing to meet extraordinary people in our field who truly value instilling what they have learned in others.”
Because of her positive experiences with the REU program, Warner has returned to LUMCON as a research assistant in Dr. Brian Roberts’ lab following her graduation from University of New Orleans in fall 2011. She is also looking forward to continuing her marine science education in the fall when she hopes to enroll in graduate school. “LUMCON opened my eyes,” said Warner, “I’ve been introduced to a whole new world of science.”