- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
- Feb 20 Macathon 2015
“Working collaboratively as undergraduates signals that we’ll be prepared to work successfully with other scientists in the future.”
I study the intersection of allergies and pain, specifically chronic pain that develops as a result of allergic inflammation. Understanding the functions of molecules involved in the inflammatory response may someday help us address chronic clinical pain disorders.
The most valuable aspect of my research experience—in addition to the lab skills I acquired—was the passion I developed for the investigative process. In my Research in Immunology course I became immersed in the complete scientific process: examining the literature, posing tangible questions and hypotheses, designing experiments, interpreting results, and presenting findings.
I’ve also appreciated the chance to collaborate with other students. Science is founded on collaboration, and the fact that we work together as undergraduates signals that we’ll be well prepared to work successfully with other scientists in the future.
Our professors’ dedication permeates every lecture, office visit, and chance meeting in the hallway. In addition, Mac’s Science and Research Office (SRO) helps students discover research opportunities and connect with principal investigators at Macalester and beyond. With their help I landed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the Mayo Clinic’s immunology department.
Last summer I was awarded the Jan Serie Student-Faculty Research Fellowship, which honors the late Macalester professor and immunologist Jan Serie. After graduation I plan to pursue a PhD in immunology. I aspire to address unmet medical needs and to someday inspire my own students to discover for themselves the beautiful complexity of science I have found through my research at Macalester.