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Riya G

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Genomics, CRISPR-gene editing, genome architecture, social justice in STEM, Art in STEM, creative writing (poetry/short stories)

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The Leaky Pipeline

Although diversity is required for scientific productivity, innovation, and advancement, women and people of color (POC) are not equally represented at higher academic positions as their male counterparts. Women in the biological sciences represent over half of the PhD student bodies, however less than half tenured professors are women, and even less so of those from minority backgrounds. The gender/racial gap in STEM fields increases as people further their career due to gender/race bias and societal pressures that decrease self-efficacy. Students will learn about diversity, stereotypes in STEM, and career barriers and write a review article summarizing the current diversity environment in STEM and ways we can approach fixing this leaky pipeline.

The sequencing world

In this project, we can learn about the history and future of sequencing technologies, and how they have revolutionized our understanding of the human genome. Students can explore publicly available datasets or write a review article.

Science is Art and Art is Science

Scientific communication and appreciation is vital to public understanding, awareness, and engagement of science. Students can take a more creative approach to bring awareness of accurate scientific topics and can include art projects, blog posts, etc.

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