Internship Experience: Wrigley Institute

(Maryville College News) – Finishing up her requirements for an undergraduate degree this month, Maryville College alumna and biology major Nicole McNabb ’12 is turning her attention to graduate schools.

On the short list of where she would like to study next year is the University of Southern California (USC), where McNabb interned last summer and was guided by Dr. Karla Beard Heidelberg ’88, another MC alumna and USC assistant professor of biological sciences.

McNabb spent the six-week Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at the Wrigley Institute, evaluating microbes associated with two coldwater soft corals local to southern California.

“Because of the internship, I am more passionate about research in marine biology than before,” she explained. “I’ve applied for several graduate schools, and about half of the programs are focused on marine biology.”

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