Robert Louis Hirsch


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  • Organization
    University of Kentucky

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    GMO crops, the intersection of genetics and society, plant biotechnology, plant diseases, and plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses.

  • 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):
    I really like teaching students a new perspective or skill set that allows the student to see the world in a new way and interpret biological phenomena through a more objective lense.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the tomato plant because nearly everyone with a home garden grows tomato, and tomato plants almost always harbor diseases (which is exciting for a plant disease scientist!).

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I did not like science as a high school or college student. I came to science after I graduated with a degree in English and Religious Studies and was looking for a job. What intrigued me most about science after college because I was able to get into a lab and actually do science rather than reading about it in books.

  • 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?

Recent Posts

3 little piggies Robert Louis Hirsch

Thank you!  This was a great project!

3 little piggies Robert Louis Hirsch

These are great data everyone!   It is really neat to see how much Nash's soil differed from the other three.  It looks like most of the data on the first three groups are similar except for trail 3.  Since you only looked at…

3 little piggies Robert Louis Hirsch

Ok team, it sure looks like you have data to record and analyze!  As you all are thinking about your observations, think about other factors that may impact what you saw.  You have different soil types (and defined how they are different),…


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