Bessie Splitt

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Central

  • Organization
    University of Wisconsin

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am a researcher in the Botany Department at the University of Wisconsin. I mostly study Arabidopsis and Maize, but have also worked with tomatoes, carrots, and a few other plant systems. My work mostly involves using cameras and other imaging systems to gather large amounts of information to better understand how seedlings grow, particularly in response to changes in gravity.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The best part about being a scientist is that I often get the challenge of tackling a problem that no one else has worked on before. Once I figure out what question we are looking at, I have to develop a whole new way of looking for an answer. I also appreciate that the work I do has given me a new worldview and way to tackle problems outside of the lab.

  • 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):
    When I was in high school I didn't know what I wanted out of a career. I always found my biology and chemistry courses to be interesting and rewarding, but didn't know I would make a career out of it. I don't think that students need to know what they want to research in high school, part of the fun of science is getting exposed to many ideas and then finding what interests you!

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I think the coolest thing about plants is how they are constantly responding and balancing their responses to their environment. Sunlight, temperature, gravity stimulations, obstacle avoidance, shade, nutrient availability, you name it. Plants are not as passive as they may seem to the untrained eye!

  • How did you hear about PlantingScience?
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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?
    2

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