The most challenging part of this experiment was discovering how to measure addiction. For this, I had to design my own assay. This was difficult, but also rewarding, as there’s satisfaction in knowing I did something no one in the program has ever done before. To measure addiction, I used capillary tubes filled with the pre-workout drug and an attractive solution. If the flies were addicted, the drug capillary would drop the most over a couple of days.
With my practice talk approaching, I am both excited and nervous. I am slightly nervous to present to a large crowd, but I am also excited to show how much I have learned, and I want to showcase the skills I have gained. Participating in the TRIP program has been one of the best decisions I have made. Not only did I gain memories with great people and skills that will help me beyond the lab, but I now know that I have a passion for research science and working in a lab. TRIP has shown me that the lab is a workplace where I am challenged, curious, and comfortable. Even though I will be studying Chemical Engineering instead of Biology, I now know that the lab is the place for me.