Author Archives: Kayla Pennerman

Describing a Research Project Before You Have One

A common requirement for grant applications is that you describe your project. It’s a reasonable request for the people offering you money to want to know what you’ll do with it. However, a lot of us enter graduate school without … Continue reading

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My Motivation

There’s a Youtube video in which Neil deGrasse Tyson describes science as an innately human activity.  Listening to him speak, I find myself agreeing with everything he says. In my opinion, to science is human. We’re constantly trying to explore … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship

A good scientist is like an entrepreneur. He or she has to be able to come up with an innovative idea, convince others of its worth and then bring it to fruition. One of my proudest moments is when I … Continue reading

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Dear Janice Christensen

Dear Janice, Have you ever wondered why some smells are irritating and others are pleasant, or how anesthetics even work? There are many other other things that we can ask about volatile compounds including how do they act as plant … Continue reading

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Fabricating a Ford Friend

I plan to apply for a number of fellowships and grants, and am still undecided on which to focus this summer. One of the biggest that I’m considering is the Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship, and I guess that I’ll use … Continue reading

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Just Getting Started

Hello, world! My name’s Kayla Pennerman, originally from the Bahamas if you aren’t familiar with the surname. I’ll soon be a second-year doctoral student at Rutgers University in the Plant Biology and Pathology department. I grumble alot that I study … Continue reading

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