Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
My first experiment was not a good one, but I learned a lot. In first grade, I wanted to grow a bean plant for the science fair. My dad, a bacteriologist, told me that simply growing a plant was not doing science. To do science I had to ask a question. My question became "can I grow a bean?" And I could. My Dad let me grow that bean, but I never forgot his advice about framing questions in science. He guided me through many subsequent science fairs and supported me in my quest to become a professional botanist. Thanks, Dad!