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This summer, Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars are proving that ground-breaking research is not solely conducted by those with a doctorate degree. This dedicated group of 31 undergraduate students from all parts of Mississippi is making biomedical research discoveries that could save lives in the future and will further them in their goals of entering the biomedical research field.
One such student is Terra Parker, recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in biology and a chemistry minor. A Monticello, Miss., native, Parker has been working in the lab of Dr. Glen Shearer, Mississippi INBRE program coordinator, since August 2013. During this time Parker has been researching Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus found in bird and bat excrement that can cause histoplasmosis -- a sometimes fatal disease.
Being a part of the leading mold research lab in the United States, and the only lab in the State of Mississippi that works with this fungus would be intimidating to most students. However, Parker has excelled in this lab while learning time management, new research methods, interpersonal skills, and professional presentation skills.
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