Kathleen Martin


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  • Organization
    Kansas State University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I work on understanding how viruses infect plants. I also work with the insect vectors of plant viruses, specifically the corn planthopper to understand it's role during infection.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I get to ask questions all day long and not only is it not considered odd, but it is encouraged! I spend my time trying to figure out the answers which no one knows.

  • 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):
    Science is a huge field and there are a lot of different directions to pursue, try different things and figure out what you like best and then don't let anyone tell you anything about not being able to accomplish your goals.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I get to work and then look through all of my on-going experiments and decide which ones need immediate attention and which ones can wait. Then I water all my plants, take care of all my insects and then get to the experiments I have decided to work on that day. I then organise and write up my results before the day ends.

  • 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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