Hannah Berry


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  • Organization
    Colorado State University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am studying the growth-defense tradeoff in Arabidopsis thaliana through gene expression in the shoot apical meristem. The meristem is the region in plants that contain stem cells, which are constantly dividing and producing new tissues including stem, leaf, and floral tissues. My research will be done using different defense mutants and confocal microscopy for visualization of expression patterns. I will be specifically looking at the differences in meristem development between more susceptible and more resistant plants.

  • Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)
    I have worked with science outreach projects with Girl Scouts of America including distributing science activity boxes and adding new experiments and materials to the boxes to enhance learning about different topics. My high school senior project also focused on science outreach and getting girls more interested in science at a younger age. The project also involved a workshop with elementary school aged girls for a fun science activity day.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Graduate Student

  • 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):
    My interest in science started when I was pretty young but one of the most memorable experiences was participating in the school science fair in 3rd grade. My project asked "What makes the best natural dye?" After standing on a chair to mix boiling pots of water with turmeric, red onion skins, coffee grounds, etc (with the supervision of my parents, of course) I fell in love with doing hands-on activities to explore a question and find out the answer. Since then, I have absolutely loved working in a lab and asking new questions about my field.

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    In high school, I was known as the science girl. Science Olympiad was a pretty big thing at my school and I competed in 3 or 4 events starting my sophomore year. My school also offered the International Baccalaureate Program (IB, similar to AP classes but recognized internationally) and I ended up taking almost all of the science classes the school offered. Junior year I convinced my teachers I should be allowed to take 3 IB science classes at the same time, something extremely unusual because of the work load and a project called the Group 4 Project. This projects brings together students taking chemistry, biology, physics, and environmental science to develop and present a huge project on a given topic at the end of the year. Because of my classes, I was responsible for three parts of the project but loved every minute of it!

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    There are so many to choose from I don't think I have just one favorite plant! Both of my grandmothers had beautiful gardens and house plants when I was growing up so the flowers I associate with them like lilies, poppies, orchids, and hydrangeas are my favorites.

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

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)

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

Recent Posts

bchsoreillyfall2017 project 5 Hannah Berry

Hey everyone! I'm just checking in since I haven't heard from you guys in a while. How is your project going? Have you gotten everything set up? How big are your plants?

bchsoreillyfall2017 project 5 Hannah Berry
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That sounds great! Mung beans are a great option for this project. Good luck with setting everything up, sounds like a fun project!

bchsoreillyfall2017 project 5 Hannah Berry
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Because you are going to be growing these plants for, I'm guessing a few weeks, it would be best to measure the height of the stem when you take measurements. If you were to measure mass you could get a large variation due to watering, soil,…


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