Welcome to SSP day 1, everyone. We are excited to finally have you in person with us. It has been a great week planning and preparing different sorts of the classroom, lab, field trips, and socialization activities to ensure that we can provide you with the best summer learning experience. We hope that travel to campus was less tiring since we will be doing some fun activities once you arrive here that we TA have planned for you all. As you might have already known by now, SPP can be overwhelming and intimidating at times, we want you to know that we are all in this together and we are there to help you and provide guidance to make this experience smooth, memorable, rewarding, and meaningful learning and life experience. This will be the place where all your blogs will be posted and can be viewed by your parents to keep them updated.

I would like to introduce you all to our amazing TA’s. We are looking forward to seeing you soon and making memories together.

TA Emma grew up in Zionsville, IN. This is her first year with SSP. In high school, she was involved in her school’s book club and was on the swim team for 4 years. Now, she still loves to read but is less good at swimming.Her favorite bacterium is Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus but she mainly works with Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Bacillus subtilis. She got interested in science after learning about genetics during middle school science class and fell more in love with it during high school.

TA Helen grew up in sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico. She’s been involved with SSP for the past 6 out of 8 years, but this is the first time she’s taught at a Genomics program! When she was in high school, Helen participated in show choir, soccer, and engineering clubs. At this stage in her life, Helen cannot sing, hates running, and goes to medical school. 

TA Logan grew up in Zionsville, IN. This is his first year with SSP but he has worked in research for 6 years. In high school, Logan participated in cross country, show choir, drama club, and research. Currently, he works as a graduate student in a quorum sensing lab, loves cooking and writing poetry.

TA Sunita grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is doing her undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue. This is her first year with SSP. In high school, she was involved in volunteering activities and science club. She enjoys cooking and spending time with dogs and cats.