Final Summary Post

Hello everyone! I have essentially completed my paper and have an outline of my poster for the research symposium, so thought it was time for my final wrap-up post. I will definitely make edits to both my paper and my poster before the symposium as my project advisor and I find new resources and look at the data in different ways, but for this final summary I will give a brief overview of what I did and describe the results section of my paper.

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Summary Post

I have learned so much over the course of my summer research project! My project was based around learning a skill, rather than answering a research question, so I am not in a position to elaborate on any groundbreaking conclusions, unfortunately. I became as much of a crystallographer as I could have hoped. At first, it seemed like an impossible task to mount crystals, but after 8 weeks, I could mount and run 10 unit cells in a day. By the end of my research, I had helped my lab (as well as three others) find unit cells, solve structures, and produce crystallographic information files for important chemical compounds. Some we were familiar with, and others were entirely new to research literature. I worked on 21 structures, with 2/3 of them being from our own lab. I also spent a week of my research proofing .cif files with a website called checkcif.iucr.org. There were about a dozen structures that needed to be proofed for any errors before being published, and I spent the majority of that week going through alert messages and doing my best to either fix them, or be able to explain why they cannot be fixed. It was a great deal of focus on a piece of the x-ray crystallographer’s tool kit that I would not have become adept at otherwise. The last portion of my research was a transition from being the student into being the teacher. I spent some of my time explaining (or attempting to explain) to a peer in my lab the techniques that are needed to use the x-ray diffractometer. I also tried to explain what to look for in SHELXLE to help solve disordered structures. This role reversal was part of a friendly trade because that peer took time away from his work to teach me about the pure chemistry that goes on in a lab. Crystallography requires chemistry knowledge, but wet chemistry is a whole different ball game!

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Summary Post: Immunocontraception and Chemical Sterilization

For the past few weeks, I have been researching various chemical sterilization techniques and writing a white paper on how they offer a better solution to sterilization than surgical spay and neuter techniques. Through my research, I have reached the following conclusions:

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A Clear Divide Between Decades: My Monroe Research Summary

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