B.S. Student, Biological Sciences (Marine), expected graduation: 2020
I have spent over 1,300 hours volunteering and interning as an assistant wildlife veterinarian at Pacific Wildlife Care while working on my education. My daily tasks included taking blood samples, analyzing fecal floats, bird banding, x-raying, analyzing blood samples, diagnosing bacterial and parasitic infections, administering subcutaneous medications and vitamin complexes, and dissecting various avian and mammal cadavers. In addition to helping wildlife, I also helped build new habitat enclosures, manage center air vents, maintain pool ph levels, repair pool vents and filters, and log patient data using wrmd.
I would now like to combine my love of animals with my creativity and problem solving skills to become a scientific researcher. I love all research that requires critical thinking and field work. I spend my free time reading, learning new recipes, watching documentaries, exploring art and music, hiking, scuba diving, golfing, and volunteering.
B.S. Student, Biological Sciences (Microbiology), expected graduation: 2020
Although I am a microbiology student pursuing a career in medicine as a general practitioner, I enjoy learning about ecological systems as a whole, and birds are no exception to this. I am particularly interested in their role in transporting bacteria and diseases. I hope that understanding birds and their roles as transporters will shed light on their possible effects on humans, especially as our population continues to grow putting us into closer contact with other species.
Since beginning in the lab I have worked on data collection and data analysis. I have become exposed to MATLAB and I have become more familiar with coding. I look forward to gaining more lab and field experience as I continue to work with Dr Shaffer. Outside of academics, I enjoy traveling and practicing foreign languages.
B.S. Biological Sciences (Molecular), minors: Chemistry, Bioinformatics, expected graduation: 2020
Animals and science have always been a passion of mine since I was young. As I enter my last year of undergrad, I specialize in different types of genetics, bioinformatics, cell development, and animal behavior and physiology. Since beginning college, I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of internships including an animal shelter and an animal hospital, and have also gained field experience working at the Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, and Canada De Los Osos Reserve. With a wide range in my background, I joined Dr. Shaffer's lab to gain experience DNA sexing seabirds through blood analysis. After undergrad, I have two plans; apply for veterinarian school and apply to get my masters in biology specializing in genetics and disease, after which I will determine my choice when the time comes.
When I am not in the classroom I am working out or playing beach volleyball. I played for SJSU's Division 1 indoor and beach volleyball team and currently am pursuing a professional career in beach volleyball.