Apr
12

Persuasion in Discourse: Evaluation Strategies of Vegans

Due to their minority position in society, vegans, or individuals who refrain from consuming animal products, are constantly subject to criticisms of their way of life. As a result, I argue that the linguistic tools vegans utilize to characterize their lifestyle play a crucial role in the success of their interactions and in the process…
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Apr
12

Utilization of ULP1 in the Development of a Novel Prostate Cancer Test

I intend to continue my research in the Young biochemistry lab, which in part explores the various uses of unnatural amino acid chemistry and utilization in protein structure. I will be mutating, isolating, and adding fluorescence to a ubiquitin-like protease, ULP1, that binds to certain chemical signals called SUMO that are upregulated in prostate cancer…
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Mar
19

March Update: The Final Countdown

My thesis is due in exactly 24 days, on April 13. I’m definitely not counting the days down, or anything. Actually, I feel uncharacteristically calm about where my work has gone so far. I finished my latest draft on March 16, and I have written 49 complete pages. That’s within the requirements for the English department,…
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Feb
14

February Update: Honors Colloquium Recap

So I presented at the colloquium yesterday, and overall I think it went pretty well! I went first, but it was a friendly audience and my nerves quickly dissipated. Being forced to explain what I am researching and what I aim to accomplish in only 15 minutes was tough but ultimately really helpful. It helped me concentrate…
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Feb
06

January Update

I have successfully completed the first draft of my thesis. Working over winter break, and in the first few weeks of this semester, I was able to compile my older writings and add in a significant new amount of information in order to complete my draft. It was a fun process, but equally grinding as…
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