Rebecca Marie Ellingston


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  • Organization
    Syracuse University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am highly interested in plants, I currently study biotechnology and plant transgenics but in the past I have researched plant anatomy and physiology. I have done some research in mycology and would be able to discuss this. For the most part I like trying to understand how genetics affect plants and their development.

  • 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 had always loved nature but it wasn't until I was in college thinking about becoming a medical doctor that I decided to become a scientist. I was in a general biology course and we had a few sections on plants and fungi. I just could not get enough about how different they were from what I learned in high school. Since then I have pursued this path and so far I have been in 5 research labs.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My typical day is quite busy. It generally starts off with feeding the cat and then I head to work. When I get to the university I go directly to the lab and set up for the day. I decide if I will be conducting any experiments or if the day will be spent reading scientific literature. After that I either start an experiment or begin reading. After a few hours I either have to go to class to learn more or I go teach a class of students so that they can learn more. On days I go to class I work on school work and my lab work the rest of the day but on days I teach the rest of the day is spent grading, checking in on students, meeting with struggling students, and preparing for the next class.

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
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  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

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

Recent Posts

bacsbermanfall2017 project 6 Rebecca Marie Ellingston

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to check in and see how you're doing. Any questions?


hhshofeldfall2017 project 1.4 Rebecca Marie Ellingston

Hello Everyone,

Just checking in again. How is everything? Are you almost done with your experiments?


bacsbermanfall2017 project 6 Rebecca Marie Ellingston


How is your baking soda affecting photosynthesis? Are your plants green? Do they look healthy?


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