|Hollis joined the lab through his school's
One student is doing his science fair project under my lab's mentorship for the second year in a row. Two students who did internships with us last year asked if they could come back to keep learning. I also recently signed up for the mentorship program through a high school on Martha's Vineyard and got a fantastic new lab member. Just this week, two more interns started in the lab, and they're already off and running.
Working with high school students is definitely not something I initially expected from my career, but it's something that I've come to greatly enjoy. Young students require a lot of supervision, but that actually has some good side effects. Every time there's a student in the lab, on of us (usually me or Kharis) ends up sitting at the microscope and working right alongside them. If there are more people than microscopes, we take our laptops out into the lab and watch closely. We end up having wide-ranging conversations with the students and get to know them pretty well.
|K and O hard at work while Kharis stands by to assist.
These girls are all business.
We are extremely fortunate here in Woods Hole to have multiple programs through the local high schools that provide students with opportunities to learn by doing. Even if none of the kids who come through our lab end up as marine biologists, I sincerely hope they will walk away with new knowledge and a bit more confidence.