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Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Samantha Hilerio

REU '08 and '09

Mentors: Aaron Ellison, Clarisse Hart

Projects: Canopy Type Affects Habitat Preference in Web-Building and Hunting Spiders; The Presence of Spiders Reduces Ant Activity in Bogs

Hometown: Barre, MA

College and major: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aerospace Engineering, class of 2012

  • What you miss most about the REU program: Doing my job in the woods, what better place is there?
  • What you miss least about the REU program: Soil respiration- all be wary of the huge machine with the collar.
  • What about the REU program has stuck with you: I learned a whole lot about the process of being in science--how to write a proposal and a powerpoint presentation, how to present your findings, how to even come up with a project, and how to follow through.
  • Have you stayed in touch with other REU'ers: Oh yes, we still talk a lot about school and everything as the year has gone on.
  • Whether your REU experience supported or changed your career plans:While I knew I wanted to be in science somehow, my REU experience definitely supported my thoughts and hopes of what science is all about: a thought, a discovery, and thinking of another question.
  • What you're up to now: I'm in school as a sophomore, working on my BA, and perhaps Master's as well!
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