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actually start thinking about the application process for graduate school,” Cross said. Cross had been working with Robert Rawding, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, on research projects for more than a year. He had been encouraging her to find a summer internship, and that’s what led Cross to the opportunity at Vanderbilt. “Dr. Rawding has been supportive of everything I’ve done,” Cross said. “He’s been a wonderful mentor. I’ve also really enjoyed working with Professor Gustafson and Dr. Ropski,” she added. While at Vanderbilt, Cross conducted stem-cell research that focused on the effect nutrition has on ovarian tissue in fruit flies. “I grew flies in different media and watched the cells change according to the changes in nutrition. I learned a lot about growing and caring for the flies and how to use different equipment,”

Cross said. “We had a lot of opportunities for learning outside the lab, too. There were seminars that we attended throughout the week where we could learn how to create and present a poster and how to prepare for graduate school, including studying for the GREs.” At the end of the program, Cross was one of 12 students (out of a group of 80) who had earned the opportunity to give a presentation at the program’s symposium. The 12 students were chosen in a competitive judging of abstracts that they had written about their research. Cross will graduate in December ’05 and plans to attend graduate school shortly thereafter. Gannon provides all of its students with opportunities and support for learning about scholarship and research, and we work to help our students connect those activities with the bigger picture of their life and long-term goals.

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