Video of Student Interns at Penn State University during Summer 2013

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.

Successful Completion of Year 2 Penn State Summer Visit

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

Successful Completion of Year 1 Penn State Summer Visit

In the fall of 2010, Dr. Shumaker developed an internship application and coordinated a faculty review committee composed of UWA faculty members from the biology and chemistry departments. In April, the review committee selected students Dantria Grace and Christen Nelms for participation in the internship.

Undergraduate Research Training and Experience

Dr. John Carlson will continue collaborations with minority faculty member Dr. Ketia Shumaker at the University of West Alabama, a predominantly minority-serving undergraduate institution. Dr. Shumaker and a team of 6 undergraduate students from the University of West Alabama will visit Penn State University for two months each summer. The students will receive a week-long hands-on training in the molecular biology teaching lab of Dr. L.

Ravensford School K-12 Curriculum Development

This project is supporting an outreach program designed specifically for the new Ravensford School, located in the Qualla Boundary, North Carolina, the tribal lands of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Dr. Scott Schlarbaum has been working with the Eastern Band of Cherokees for the past three years, assisting with the development of a natural resources curriculum. This project is focused on integrating population and molecular genetics and forest ecology across the K-12 curriculum with Cherokee culture, science, mathematics and technology included in every lesson.