Not only has TRIP shown me so many great experiences, they’ve also raised my confidence when completing labs and projects on my own!
For my project, I chose to study the effect of blue light on both anxiety and energy levels. This idea came to me quickly after reflecting on the situations the pandemic has put us through. With everyone staying home and using zooms to take meetings, work calls, and school, I was interested in finding out what potential effects all the extra blue light has on our bodies and health. In order to see whether blue light has any negative effects on anxiety and energy levels, I set up four separate vials, each with 15 males and 15 females, and exposed each vial to different durations of blue light. For instance, my control vial was exposed to no blue light while the next three vials were exposed to 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours of blue light individually. I then was able to test whether those flies were anxious or energetic through the open field test. While the results weren’t as I expected, I had an amazing experience, setting up, stressing, and testing the flies over the past month.
Coming into this program, I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to explore research and the field of science as a potential career path for the future. After going through the whole program, it became obvious to me that science is the field I want to pursue. Although some days and experiments were more difficult than others, I enjoyed figuring out and problem solving how to get through each obstacle I was presented with. The lab experience as a whole has been very exciting and I look forward to doing more in the future.