Building a supportive community amongst young aspiring researchers: Trial and Error Student Science Blog

The trial and error process is a cornerstone of research in any field and the collection of narratives on the blog that Aparna designed were designed to appeal to budding researchers and scientists and let them know that they are not alone in their research struggles. The goal of the “Trial and Error” blog was to create a supportive community amongst young researchers and scientists and host a safe place to reflect on failure in research and how to overcome obstacles during project implementation.  The trial and error research narratives documented on Aparna’s blog hope to encourage and enlighten other young researchers and scientists to keep persisting through their research projects and dream towards pursuing careers in STEM. 

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Aparna is a junior majoring in Biochemistry with a certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences. She has conducted research in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she studied the role of the stress hormone Copeptin in poor pregnancy outcomes. Aparna also conducted research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines where she studied the rice preferences of farmers and rural consumers. She is passionate about research communication and youth engagement in STEM. After graduation, Aparna plans to pursue an MD/MPH dual degree.
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