Austin Jordan


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  • Organization
    Oregon State University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    impact of cold tolerance/intolerance on flowering/fruiting time, drought tolerant vegetable growing, various other plant research.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Science has always been the field I felt I belong in. I love discovering the unknown or expanding the horizons on the known to bring about more data. The field of science is just exciting and keeps your brain working which I love and hope to bring the same passion out in younger students so we have plenty of future scientists.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The tough part about being a scientist would be the fact that you will not always be right. Even when you think you're right someone will come along and likely show you that you are not right. It is this constant cycle of right and wrong. While this is tough, it is also part of the excitement with science and research.

  • Profile Question 3
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I was a senior in High School and my lab partner and I designed this experiment where we were testing the cold tolerance in offspring production of Drosophila melanogaster. We were unable to complete our research due to the amount of time it took for us to get our lab equipment in. We only needed about two more generations worth of data and we would've written a paper and tried for publishing.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)
    Plants Get Sick, Too!
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Genetics in Arabidopsis (investigation with a model species to track transmission of traits)
    C-Fern in the Open (sexual reproduction, alternation of generations)

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

Recent Posts

Canadian Chick-fil-A Trash Bears Austin Jordan

This is an excellent hypothesis!  You all have identified your control and variables.  You have utilized prior knowledge to identify what you believe the outcome of the experiment will be.  A job well done here.

I look forward to…

4 Seasons Austin Jordan

Hello team 4 Seasons!  Just wanted to check in as I have not seen any posts yet.

How are class discussions going?  Do you all have any questions for me as you are exploring some of the experiments leading to this investigation?

Canadian Chick-fil-A Trash Bears Austin Jordan

Good Afternoon Team,

Colin shared some insight on the board regarding what you all are investigating for this experiment.

What are some of your hypotheses for this experiment?  In other words, what do you predict the outcome of the…


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