Aubrey Shoop '14
Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences United States Military Academy- West Point, NY
The Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences is an academic department at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I worked in a microbiology research lab within the department of the college.
As a research assistant in the microbiology lab, I was expected to do calculations and preparations for experiments as well as design my own lines of experimentation to further our project. I learned many laboratory skills including centrifugation, plate counts, various streak techniques, culturing of cells, serial dilutions, and countless others. I gained a number of marketable skills. I also learned to problem solve and rely on my own understandings to troubleshoot and further the projects.