Alexandra Bishop '21 Major: Biology Minor: Bioinformatics, Philosophy Research Focus: Ecology, Pathology, Biology Years of Research Experience: 2 firstname.lastname@example.org Organizations & Programs: Ecological Systems Laboratory, Texas A&M Women's Lacrosse, University Honors Program, Department of Biology Peer Mentor Activities: Amazon River Tropical Biology Field Research Trip, Computation Cancer Biology Training Program Research Internship, SSI Open Water Scuba Diver Awards & Distinctions: President's Endowed Scholar, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholar, College of Science Dean's Honor Roll, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Aggie Research Scholar Experience with: Summer Research Internship, Fall/Spring Semester Research, Local, State, and National Research Conferences, Poster and Oral Presentations, Manuscript Publication, Study Abroad Field Research My name is Alexandra Bishop (but I go by Addie), and I am a junior biology major with minors in philosophy and bioinformatics from Kingwood, Texas. I have conducted research at Texas A&M in the Ecological Systems Laboratory under Dr. Rose Wang since my second semester of college. During this time, I have worked on multiple projects. The laboratory itself focuses on using systems analysis and simulation as an integral part of ecological research investigating the movement of invasive species and disease. Last spring, I worked on two invasive species projects, statistically monitoring the expansion of Japanese Honey Suckle and Chinese Tallow. This past semester, I worked on a project investigating the increasing incidence of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis in the United States. Both the Chinese Tallow research project and the Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis project were part of the Aggie Research Scholars program. My experience in research as an undergraduate has taught me that I want to strongly incorporate research into my future career. Through my lab and field experience, I have learned that I no longer want to attend medical school but would rather focus my entire career path on research. After earning my undergraduate degree, I want to attend a year-long master’s Program in Public Health focusing on Epidemiology and then later go on to my PhD. I love the idea of a non-linear career in which I can take advantage of opportunities as they arise, allowing me to travel, conduct research, teach, and possibly using my experience to transfer into other career fields down the line. My experience in research has opened my eyes to the incredible opportunities that could be part of my future.