This week we are going to highlight our interns from last summer. We had each one write a paragraph about there experience in our lab. First up is Greta Rockstad:
Hi! My name is Greta Rockstad, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying genetics. I interned in the Hulke lab last summer, and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to do so. I got a chance to expand my interests in plant breeding with a project on silphium, a perennial species and sunflower relative the Hulke Lab is working to domesticate for its oil quality and drought resistance potential. My project involved designing and carrying out a germination screen with a variety of different treatments to find the most effective way to germinate silphium seeds. Beyond that, I enjoyed getting to work both outside and inside, as well as learning more about all the things a breeder has to consider when developing or improving lines. It was also neat to see the collaboration that happened between the entomology, pathology, and breeding labs. My favorite part of the summer internship was getting to meet so many awesome people! I formed great friendships working alongside the other lab members, and we were able to have a productive summer while still having plenty of fun. The Hulke Lab is a wonderful place to work, and I’m glad I got to be a member if even for a short time.