I am thankful for the Cox Research Scholarship as it has entrusted me with the opportunity to work and study, thereby helping me balance my time efficiently between the two worlds by gaining knowledge and applying it hands-on with work experience.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

As a Cox Research Scholar, I work with my mentor, Professor Todd Royer, and other PhD and master's students in the lab. I am currently working on designing an experiment, with a PhD student, based on the nitrogen and phosphorus cycle affecting the algae blooms in the Ohio River. Through this I have seen how writing a grant proposal works, collected materials for the experiment, and overall how designing an experiment/project works.

What is something you have learned through your work?

Through my work, I have learned to explore new opportunities, like attending conferences, meetings, events that are associated with my research. I have also learned to be curious about things and being confident with asking questions and suggesting new ideas to the team.

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

Being a part of this program has allowed me to get to know my interests and my ability to do what I'm doing as an undergraduate research student. Additionally, through this program, I have gotten to network and meet so many people, including other scholars, master's and PhD students, and many professors. Through this, I'm able to refine my communication, time management, and professional skills.

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

My favorite memory as a Cox Scholar so far has been the trip to Bradford Woods with the seniors! It was a great day getting to know other Cox Scholars and the senior research scholars. We had a great time doing all the fun teambuilding activities and hearing about others' experiences at study abroad trips, research work, and college in general.

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

I am involved with the Students of Equity in the Pubic Affairs (SEPA) which is a student run organization at O'Neill. My freshman year I was the undergrad ambassador for the club and this year (sophomore) I will be the operations chair. I had a great time organizing a cultural expo that represented various countries and cultures and have amazing food represented at the event. Additionally, I enjoy playing tennis, photography, and hiking!