Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2017 summer routines via photos. Jessica Riojas is participating in a summer research program through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan:
Hi! My name is Jessica Riojas and I am going to be a junior in Environmental Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science. This summer I am working as a research assistant in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Michigan! I am working in the Tibbetts Lab, where I am researching the social intelligence and memory of three different species of paper wasps. You can check out Dr. Tibbetts’ lab website here: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/tibbetts-lab. I get to spend my work days handling, caretaking, and training wasps! I am absolutely loving my job – I mean… how many people get say they are wasp trainers? I am also presenting a poster at the end of the summer on my research findings, which I suppose will be good practice for my future honors project… 😉
As another part of my job, I also had to collect wasps out in the wild in the beginning of the summer! We would go to different parks and apartment complexes and search for and collect wasps with their nests.
In addition to working in the Tibbetts Lab, I also have gotten to do a lot of exploring in Ann Arbor and other various places in Michigan such as the University of Michigan Biological Station, Battle Creek, Warren Dunes State Park, and Flint.
I am loving it here up in Ann Arbor, but I am so excited to come back to ISU in August! I hope you all are having a wonderful summer, and thanks for reading!!!