Jennifer Robison


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  • Organization
    Manchester University

  • Employment Status
    University / College Faculty

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am studying soybean, which is the second largest crop in the US, to identify why they are not able to handle cold temperatures. Hopefully, my research can assist us in generating cold tolerant soybeans so that farmers no longer lose crops due to late frosts.

  • Profile Question 1
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    One of the best pieces of advise I received in high school was not to specialize too quickly. Get the general bachelor's, take on diverse research projects, learn everything you can. You never know what will come in handy. As you advance in career, you'll get more specialized and you'll be grateful for the broad base of knowledge.

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    One of my favorite field stories happened during my Master's degree. I was studying photosynthesis in coral-dwelling algae. My advisor and I were diving on a reef in Belize looking for corals to monitor during the week. A remora fish decided that my boss looked like a good animal to catch a ride. My boss spent a good 5 - 10 minutes trying to swim away, push away, flip away, from this sucker fish that was more than half his size. It was hilarious, at least for me. He did laugh about it after we were back on dry land ;)

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Science is an amazing field, full of the potential to made discoveries that can change the world! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. One of the toughest things about being a scientist is learning how to handle failure and rejection. Experiments fail, things don't work, plants die, years of research goes down the tubes because the power goes out and the -80C freezer dies, grants get rejected so money is tight, a manuscript you spent forever writing gets trashed by the reviewers, all of these happen to every scientist at some point in their career. Learning how to handle failure and rejection without letting it impact your personal feelings is critical for success and can be one of the hardest things to master.

  • 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?

Recent Posts

ahskeymelfall2017 project 8 Jennifer Robison

It was wonderful working with you this semester! I hope you all continue to investigate the world around you as that is truly what science is all about :)

ahskeymelfall2017 project 8 Jennifer Robison
commented on a blog post

That's a good thought! The green from plants comes from chlorophyll which is the molecule that captures light for photosynthesis. So a greener leaf could have more chlorophyll.

ahskeymelfall2017 project 8 Jennifer Robison

Hi team, your set up looks good! I like how you predicted that Kale would photosynthesize faster. Why do you think kale will do better than spinach?

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