Jill Christine Preston


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  • Organization
    University of Vermont

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research aims to understand the genetic basis for evolutionary innovations in plant development. Specifically, I am interested in the proximate mechanisms underlying differences in flowering time in response to different environmental factors (e.g. winter chilling), and floral architecture.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    As a scientist that works in the academic realm, I have a lot of intellectual freedom. I am basically my own boss and can pursue scientific questions that I find the most interesting.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    There wasn't exactly a time when I made the decision, I pretty much fell into this career path because I love biology. If I had to choose two decisive moments, they would both involve my older sister. I really got into Biology when she would tell me about how the human digestive system worked at the age of 12; I loved all the biological terms. Later, after completing my undergraduate degree, she recommended me for a job at her work in the molecular lab of the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. I haven't looked back since! Thanks sister.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    To be a successful scientist you have to be organized, committed, and have a thick skin. I spend a lot of time redrafting manuscripts, redoing experiments, and resubmitting grant proposals because reviewers have criticisms of earlier versions. Once you've accepted that this is all part of the scientific process it gets a lot easier.

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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