Established in 1983 with a gift from Hugh Cullman '42, the Cullman Scholarship Program supports students in off-campus study opportunities. During the summer of 2018, nine scholarship recipients pursued courses of study ranging from a Spanish Language and cultural immersion in Mexico City to volunteering at a Buddhist Temple in Southwest China. Recently, Harry '19 gave a presentation at All School Meeting about his Cullman Scholarship as a research intern at Cornell University.
I spent six weeks at Cornell University as a research intern at the laboratories of Dr. Roeder at the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and Dr. Li at Boyce Thompson Institute.
Dr. Roeder’s lab focused on how plants grow organs, such as leaves, to the size they want using genetics. I worked closely with Dr. Vijaya Battala to conduct experiments such as Chromatin Immunoprecipitation sequencing and RNA sequencing.
At Dr. Li’s lab, I worked on finding the complete genome of Hornworts, a non-vascular plant. My tasks included collecting tissue samples, extracting DNA, and running my extracts through a computer chip to sequence the DNA. I was able to construct a draft of the genome using the data I collected.
I also attended weekly seminars held by other labs to share recent discoveries. I had always wondered what working at a laboratory was like, and with the help of the Cullman family, I had an incredible experience.
Thank you, Harry, for sharing your experience and stay tuned for more Cullman Scholarship news.
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