My third and final blog! How quickly time has flown… almost as quickly as my flies escaping their collection cages. In the last blog, I hadn’t even started my independent project yet and now I’m putting the finishing touches on my presentation for the symposium!
I initially wanted my experiment to be perfect and expected everything to go smoothly, but I soon learned that not everything goes according to plan—which is normal! The female fertility data didn’t really show any clear patterns but the total number of pupae did show a negative correlation with increasing lengths of exposure to noise pollution. My results might not have been entirely what I expected, but as I’ve learned, the results are not as important as the process.
I will definitely miss TRIP, which has become such an integral part of my Saturdays the past couple of months. I might’ve complained (only a little!) about making 12 new food vials and sorting and counting over 400 flies a day, but it was an enjoyable routine. Working on my independent project was such a fun challenge; I’ve learned more than I even realized. Coming up with a research question that I was both interested in and felt was understudied was exciting and rewarding. I think research is so important in teaching a variety of skills and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to grow, learn, and explore my interests through TRIP.