Kayla Griffith


  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Profile Question 1
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    When I was 7 my father (a farmer) asked me to determine the germination of his soybean seeds. There were two types of soybean seeds, type 1 and type 2. I designed a small study in my house, where I planted both sets of unknown seeds and a variety of seeds I had germination data on (my control) in different pots with four seeds per pot and 6 pots total for each seed type. I took care to make sure each pot had equal access to sunlight, water, and constant temperature. At the end of my study, type 1 seed had 99% germination, type 2 seed had 95% germination, and the seed with germination data had 98% germination (the listed germination). I got to design my first study where I had to think about dependent variables, independent variables, controls, and in the process was able to help my father make agronomic decisions about his farm.

  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Science is an extremely rewarding career. Sometimes the pursuit of science can be challenging and frustrating. Sometimes it may seem like there is too much to learn, that you will never understand what is going on, but then one day it will all click! If you have ever asked "why," science is the answer. Besides the answer to why, often times you learn much more than what you set out to learn in the first place. Science can also teach you about yourself and has more to offer than just "science." You can also use your science knowledge to inform policy, make management decisions, and help improve society, so go for it!

  • Profile Question 3
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    As a scientist you have a chance to interact with and work with many diverse people. Being able to sit in a crowded room and make decisions with people from all over the US and the world is what I like best about being a scientist. Science itself is so much fun, to collect data and learn something about a system that no one has ever learned before, but being able to do that among fellow scientists is what keeps me going.

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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sphsbradleyfall2017 project 6 Kayla Griffith

Good evening team! How is the project coming along?

sphsbradleyfall2017 project 5 Kayla Griffith

Hey guys! How are things going?

Plant Science II Kayla Griffith

Good evening all. How are things going with the project? 

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