Bootcamp has concluded! The week went by so quickly, but it is a wonderful thing to be so heavily involved in a program that you know will impact the success of a new generation of scientists.
Our students attended lectures, took exams, learned about campus resources, participated in a Biology I lab, toured through seven research laboratories, and generally got to talk to their mentors about their concerns coming in to college. We taught them how to schedule plan, ways to take notes and study, and a myriad of other small skills that can make a big difference. My group of ten students came from a variety of places and backgrounds, and that diversity added to the experience for all of us, me most of all.
Last year's group still stays in touch. I hope this year's students will as well- getting updates from my students makes the success of the program tangible on a personal level in a way that our statistics on how much better bootcampers perform cannot.
Photos (top to bottom):
My group members and I editing our final project.
Dr. Michael McKain showing a group of students the UA Herbarium. Fruit fly examinations in the lab of Dr. Laura Reed.
Worth Pugh showing students our UA Fish Collection.