They are called INBRE scholars and are part of the largest grant in UNMC history.
Today we feature Madelyn Warren, a junior studying molecular biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Tell us about yourself.
I have three younger sisters who are a huge part of my life, I enjoy reading all kinds of books as well as writing my own stories, and I love animals of all sorts.
Has science always been a part of your life?
I really wanted to be a research scientist starting from the sixth grade. I remember being really interested in all sorts of science -- genetics, astronomy, biology, etc. -- in elementary school. I'd constantly ask my dad to explain things like molecules, and I read a lot of science books as well.
How is science important to you?
School was always important in my family, but I see science as another way of looking at the world. A lot of people think science is very cold, emotionally distant, but science has opened up a new definition of beauty for me. The more I learn, the more wonderful the world around me seems.
Why did you choose to participate in the INBRE program?
INBRE is a huge opportunity for me. I wanted to be involved in research, and I wanted to be sure my dreams of a future in research actually matched the reality. Above all, it was a new experience for me. I love new experiences, and INBRE in particular has so many benefits I couldn't pass it up.
What do you hope to gain from the program?
I hope to expand my definition of scientific research. I hope to learn how to be a good researcher and see what kind of topics I can work with in the future.