Katie Lauren Rogers


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  • Organization
    University of Florida

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am a fourth year PhD student studying genetics and molecular biology at the University of Florida. I work with Citrus. My research is aimed at understanding the genetic and environmental control of flowering in this crop. I am also exploring several methods to induce early flowering in transgenic citrus to develop plants that can be used to accelerate citrus breeding programs. Plant breeding is my passion but I am also interested in many other plant science research areas.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I am from a small town in Florida where the citrus and cattle outnumber the residents. When I started my undergraduate degree I did not want to go into any field related to plants or agriculture. I cycled between several different majors as an undergrad until one day I was given the opportunity to work in plant biotechnology lab as an undergraduate. Once I gained exposure to plant science research I knew that research was the career for me! Sometimes it is hard to know what career to choose until you are able to try it. I think that it is important to always be open to new opportunities because you never know which ones you will be the right fit for you.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    There is always something new to learn as a scientist and new discoveries to make!

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Sometimes the amount of information available about a certain topic can be overwhelming. Above I said that the best part of being a scientist is that there is always something new to learn. However, it can also be upsetting to realize that you may never be able to know or memorize every single fact about biology. I remember crying in my middle school science class because I felt defeated by the amount of information that is available and was discouraged to think that I would never be able to know everything there is to know about science. In the end it turns out that this is one of the things that keeps science interesting. 2+2=4 but in science you can find fun exceptions to almost every rule.

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