The following blog is part of a series written by the students and staff of the Youth Engagement through Science-Genome program (YES!G), sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative. The high school internship program offers teens hands-on experience in genomics research.
Hello, my name is Max Morgan and I am a rising senior in high school.
My favorite subject is any subject related to science, especially biology. This year, as a second year YES! student, I was a part of the YES! Genome program.
The hardest part of the program, at first, was trying to grasp all the lab concepts. There were so many different machines that preformed different functions such as cutting up the DNA or selecting certain DNA sizes to sequence. The most interesting part of the program was the general idea of working with real DNA. That was the coolest part. You get to sequence DNA and use the DNA sequences to assemble the genome of an organism.
My favorite part, though, was learning about the relationship between domestication and genomics. I loved learning about how to compare the full genomes of marshelder and sunflower to identify genes that coded for domestication or resulted from natural selection.
I also enjoyed going on field trips and working on my presentation. On field trips I could really see how what we were learning at the museum could be applied in other fields. And my presentation was a way for me to showcase what I had learned throughout the program.
The advice I’d give to future YES!G interns would be to ask as many questions as possible. Ask them over and over again until you’re sure you understand the concept.
It was truly awesome working alongside my friends on the marshelder project.
-Written by Max Morgan