RIC Student Profiles

Kaden Fujita 

Have you developed any growing research interests since starting the RIC? Or did you come in with specific research interests? If so, what are they?

From a young age I was interested in science and biology, and always had a scientific curiosity. However, before coming the University of Lethbridge and joining the RIC I had minimal knowledge of how research at a university level functioned and how many fields of biology there are. Since Joining the RIC I have become interested primarily in molecular biology and genetics.

Since your time at the U of L have you won any awards or qualified for any funding?

I was awarded the NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Award) and Chinook Summer Research Award. (awarded both but only accepted NSERC)

What was your experience at the Undergraduate Research Conference? 

I thoroughly enjoyed participating at URSCA, it was an excellent opportunity to present the research I had done over the past semester to professors and students from other universities. I also presented a poster at RiboWest 2018 at the U of L on the research I had done during the summer. Both were great experiences and I learned a lot from the other students and professors at each of these conferences.

 

Marina Galatonov 
Marina Galatonov

Have you developed any growing research interests since starting the RIC? Or did you come in with specific research interests? If so, what are they?

My understanding of research was very limited when I came into the RIC. Through the internship, I have been introduced to cancer research which has peaked my interest in that field of research. I am very happy to be continuing my projects with funding from the AIHS studentship during the summer. It is very exciting to take part in research that could improve people's lives!

Since your time at the U of L have you won any awards or qualified for any funding?

I am very happy to be continuing my projects with funding from the AIHS studentship during the summer. It is very exciting to take part in research that could improve people's lives!

What was your experience at the Undergraduate Research Conference? 

The Undergraduate Research Conference was an amazing experience and a great way to end the spring semester. I met a lot of students with interests similar to mine and I learned a lot about communicating scientific information.

Any other information about your RIC experience that you’d like to share

Writing has always been one of my weaknesses so the first year in the RIC was a little difficult for me because it was heavily graded on lab reports. However, I benefited immensely from all the feedback. Being a Biology major entails writing many lab reports. The RIC has improved my writing abilities and prepared me for lab reports from other Biology courses.