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Caroline Bush


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  • Organization
    University of Virginia

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in methods of asexual reproduction in flowering plants, particularly how the combination of sexual and asexual reproduction may influence plant population dynamics.

  • Profile Question 1
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    When I first started high school, I knew that I was interested in science, and I thought that I was going to enjoy biology and chemistry the most. I was only half right. Over the course of my first two years of high school, I found that I was, in fact, interested in biology, but not chemistry as much. Furthermore, I discovered a true enjoyment in learning the basics of computer science, which was a complete surprise to me at the time.
    Unlike a majority of high school students, I also had the unique opportunity to conduct scientific research. The program that I was a part of within my high school has a relationship with the local university, and so I was able to spend a few hundred hours in a graduate-level research lab learning the basics of scientific research in a very hands-on way. This experience is what really cemented my desire to become a scientist. My experiences in this lab also kickstarted my interest in studying plants. The research I did there involved working with tobacco, and I found that some of my favorite parts of working in the lab were some of the most plant-heavy.
    Overall, I entered high school with a healthy interest in science and exited with an even greater interest, as well as the desire to pursue a career in scientific research, specifically working with plants.

  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The primary piece of advice I have for student interested in pursuing a career in science is to be open minded and explore what all there is to study in the sciences, regardless of first impressions. Science takes enormous dedication and passion, and so it is crucial for students preparing for a science career to be as enthusiastic as possible about what they intend to study, and the only way to really find what interests them is to explore different branches of science. This can be anything from taking a variety of science classes during high school and/or college, to exploring things online and conducting small investigations on their own. When they find something that fascinates them, they’re headed in the right direction.

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  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

chslongfall2021 project 4 Caroline Bush

Nice experimental setup! Can you tell me more about what you have and/or will be measuring for your experiment?

chslongfall2021 project 4 Caroline Bush

Hey everyone,

Thanks for the update - it's great to see what you've been working on and what's coming up next with your investigation! Based on the worksheet you posted, I have a few questions for you all:

  • I see that you'll…
ahhsrichbourgfall2021 project 5 Caroline Bush

These are fantastic observations! I like that you were able to combine qualitative and quantitative data in your experiment.

Now that you've finished your experiment, you can go back and revisit your hypothesis and predictions. Do the data…


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