Hi Dawson, Lily, Brendan, and Jason!
It's nice to (virtually) meet you! I'm glad you like to listen to music together- do you have any favorites? Right now I'm in a big flamenco guitar phase because I find that music soothing while I am working.
Thanks for uploading the pdf. It's good to see what you are working on! One thought that I had was that I couldn't quite understand your data table. I would guess that it's the types of soil ranked best to worst at retaining the kool-aid color. It's always important to add labels on things so other people will be able to read the table. Even in my own lab notebook, sometimes I go back and wonder what past-me was talking about and wish I would have labeled things better!
I'm very intrigued about your radish seeds and your experiment. What question are you trying to answer by watering the plants with Seltzer? There are lots of interesting perspectives here, but I'm curious to know what you all are thinking.
Let me know if you have any questions for me!
Loved that this mentor mentioned their own experience at being a young scientist as well! I think its important for them to see the similarities and learn from their experience as well
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PlantingScience F2 Grant Award
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