Kit M Carlson

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Central

  • Organization
    Madison College

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Ethnobotany
    Native Plants
    Rain Gardens
    Service Learning
    Curriculum Development
    Online learning

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The answer to this changes just about every week because I'm very interested in the ethnobotanical uses of plants and I'm always learning something new! Right now I'm fascinated by a gorgeous plant called Beauty Berry that has many medicinal applications.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I grew up very poor, I have ten siblings and my dad was a logger while my mom stayed at home to care for us. We grew a lot of our own food and early on I realized how important food crop production was! If you get a crop disease or have bad weather, you might not eat! As a highschool student I got the chance to work at a potato farm and really see plant disease and the problems it can create. As a plant pathologist you can make a huge difference in the quality of people's lives.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Stay curious! Learn to take careful notes and never be afraid to make mistakes (just record them carefully so you can improve the next time!)

  • 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?
    2

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