Summer Experiences – Kimberlyn Eversman

My project was focused on the western honey bee and the varroa mite which is a parasite that infects the honey bees.  One way that honey bees have of protecting themselves is through hygienic behavior.  So what we did was through experimental observations determined if there was a division of labor within this behavior.  My role, more specifically, was to then build a simulation to determine if a division of labor would lead to high efficiency for the hive. 

How did you benefit from this experience?

The main thing this gave me was research experience.  I was particularly interested in gaining fieldwork experience and also being able to apply my disciple to real-world biological problems which this allowed me to do.  In addition, I got the opportunity to visit graduate schools and gain advice on making myself a better applicant when applying.