Miranda Gray


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  • Organization
    Cornell University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My graduate research focused on how the same species of prairie plants respond to drought in different ways. I found that at the level of their genomes, not all prairie plants are created equal - and hypothesized that this may be a reason why we see them responding differently to less rainfall.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I love many plants! First favorite houseplant is the fern. They are vibrant and have interesting life cycles! The most interesting to me, however is the Pitcher Plant. This is a carnivorous plant, meaning it actually consumes organisms. It evolved modified leaves that act as sinks for trapping its prey!

  • Profile Question 2
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I have learned that science is not always getting the results you expect. Be in for surprises! But the nice thing is that the science culture is changing, and negative results are no longer viewed as 'wrong' or 'bad'. More negative results are being published now, and that is a very good thing.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    The best part of being a scientist is that I get to wake up everyday and discover something. Whether it is the same experiment procedure but a new observation, or a brand-new attempt at discovering something new - it is a journey. And that freedom of discovery is something you don't always get with other jobs.

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

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

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