Senior biology major Alexis Arrigo received a research grant from the Drinko Center to perform her own undergraduate research. Under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Resendes, Alexis's research was about determining the role of PCID2 in nuclear protein export. Overall, she feels like this experience better prepared her for future research projects.
"I think conducting my own undergraduate research improved my skills, both in the lab and through literature searching. I am more prepared to face situations involving critical thinking and the need for innovation.
It has mostly been difficult to manage time and to complete things around my busy schedule. However, it is nice that I have that flexibility. Also, we are able to take multiple different approaches to fix problems because of the longer time frame I have, and I think that has been very beneficial for my own experience with research."