• Question: Do you guys travel a lot or do you stay in one lab?

    Asked by Chris to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 23 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      Currently, I spend the majority of time in my one lab doing research. However, my lab likes to go to a lot of scientific meetings where we can talk to other scientists. We do this about 3 times a year for a week at a time.

      When I worked with honeybees during my undergraduate, I traveled a TON. We had a lot of beehives in farm areas, so we drove all over Michigan to check our hives every week. We also worked with a ton of professors on campus as well as biotechnology companies.

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      Kellie Jaremko answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      When I was working on my PhD research I stayed in one lab. Now I try and fit in research wherever I can and travel a lot between departments off the hospital, presenting at conferences all over the USA, and will be moving to Boston soon for residency. After residency I plan to do a research fellowship and stay in a new lab in Boston to do so.

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      Stephanie Moon answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      I work with a lot of different labs, and we all work in one building so it’s pretty easy to pop in and talk to scientists about their work to see if we can help each other solve problems. I travel for scientific conferences where you get to hear about other people’s research before it’s published. A lot of the time I don’t have to travel to work with other scientists- we email each other, talk on the phone and in person at scientific meetings. I’ve worked with scientists in Japan, Australia, North Carolina, other cities in Colorado, and other labs at the same school I work at. It’s really fun meeting other scientists and working together to do a study.

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      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 24 Apr 2016:

      I think many scientists travel, if not for their research, then for their education and training, and conferences. I went to high school and college in Nebraska, graduate school in Pennsylvania, postdoc in California, and now I teach and do research in Arizona. I also attend conferences every year to share my research findings and learn about new advances in my field. I’ve been to Canada, France, Ireland, and many places in the United States including Puerto Rico, New York, Boston, Baltimore, and San Francisco.

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      Jonathan Jackson answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      My answer falls in line with everyone else’s: I traveled pretty far for graduate school (after I got my 4-year college degree), and then moved far again for a research fellowship. I travel to 2-4 conferences per year, most of which are in the United States. Usually there is at least once conference that allows me to travel internationally. It’s a great opportunity to meet other people who do similar research as you, and to discover new ways to think about our own research!