On May 28, the Nebraska Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program welcomed 29 undergraduate students from across Nebraska as they embark on their summer research experience at Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNMC.
Below Kristine Hoagstrom, a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Nebraska Wesleyan University, talks about her INBRE experience.
Who is Kristine Hoagstrom?
In addition to my passion for science, I have a love of music. Music has always been a major part of my life, and I've continued to enjoy it by being involved in Nebraska Wesleyan University's music department. I'm a Sunday School teacher at Sheridan Lutheran Church, and I'm very involved with NWU's campus ministry. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my lovable lab mix, Midnight.
Has science always been a part of your life?
From a young age, I've always had an interest in science and a fascination in the possibility of what's still undiscovered. Throughout my life, I've had many inspirational science teachers, including Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Thomsen. They opened my eyes to the endless possibilities associated with science, and they inspired me to continue to ask questions and search for answers.
How is it important to you?
Science is and will always be an incredibly important part of my life. I've seen how much science can benefit people, and I now realize how I can use my love of science to help make this world a better place.
Why did you choose to participate in the INBRE program?
I plan to go onto graduate school, and the INBRE program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience in research specific to your interests. I felt this program would help me to grow as a scientist and gain a better understanding of what life in a research field will be.
What do you hope to gain from the program?
The main goal I have from this program is to gain the confidence and experience necessary to pursue my doctorate and begin my career in research.