Steven Beuder


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  • Organization
    University of Michigan; Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research focuses on how proteins in the cell wall, and enzymes that modify cell wall-associated proteins, function in the fertilization process of flowering plants. We use genetics, molecular biology, and imaging techniques to examine how a specific family of enzymes functions in pollen tube growth- a key process in fertilization.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    A typical day includes arriving at lab around 9 AM, writing my daily to-do list in my lab notebook, and beginning experiments as soon as I can. When I am not performing experiments at the bench, I am either reading scientific literature, analyzing data, doing lab chores, or grading papers.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Someone wiser than myself told me that "science isn't about the fancy techniques, it's about being able to change the way you think about something." If everyone in the world could become capable of thinking about things differently (meaning if everyone could be more "scientific"), there would be a lot less problems in the world today. Also, as a guitarist, this notion translates to me in another way. Many of my most creative breakthroughs are a result of changing the way I think about how to play something.

  • 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 really didn't have much of an interest in science in high school. I did well in biology, chemistry, and AP biology, but I was much more invested in skateboarding, soccer, music, surfing, and other non-schoolwork-related activities. I had to cram for the AP biology test; the test results had no effect on my grade, but my sense of pride made me determined to pass the AP test. I did pass, and the sense of accomplishment was inspiring enough to make me apply to colleges with biology as my desired major.

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  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

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