Dr. Ketia Shumaker accompanied a group of two internship students from the University of West Alabama to a 10-week summer research experience at PSU.

Please enjoy the video chronicling the research experience:

The internship experience lasted from May 26th, 2013 to August 3rd, 2013, with the majority of time spent on campus at Penn State. The students received hands on training in molecular biology laboratory protocols and were given an independent project to complete during the summer. The students assessed the affect of ozone stress treatments in two hardwood tree species, tulip poplar and black gum. The students were introduced to all aspects of the research including growing tree seedlings in the greenhouse, ozone application, RNA extraction, RNA sequencing and gene expression analysis. The student interns presented their summer research findings on transcriptome responses to ozone stress treatment on tulip poplar and black gum trees during an oral and poster session at the 2013 Hershey Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 1.

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