Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Heather Beararns

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Hometown:  Laurel, Nebraska

University/Department:   Wesleyan:  Biology

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  I needed a senior research requirement and our professor was doing a project on medicinal properties of epiphyte and he couldn't do the trip so he asked us.

What was the most important thing you learned?  I came from Norway to here and I now can see the world as a whole.  I want to try bridge the gap between science and normal people.  I want to be the conduit for that.

How has this experience changed you?   I am working on broad understanding and reinforcing what I alreday know.  I want to stay in science.  This trip has reminded me how much I love it.

What are your plans for the future?  I am going to graduate in May and either go to graduate school for art or science.  I might take a year and work.

What advice would you give a young scientist?  If you are intersted in it chase it down.  Don't get discouraged and seek out people who are interested in what you are interested in.   Don't limit yourself.  I am a biology and art major.  Keep an open mind and travel!

If you would like to ask Heather a question about science, please email her at:  Hbearnes@nebrwesleyan.edu