Alumni & Development
Arlene Ferguson Internship at Hilltop Gardens
Rachna Chaudhari, 2016-2017 Ferguson Intern
Rachna Chaudhari earned the Arlene Ferguson Internship at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. This is the second year she was selected for this internship. Last year, Rachna’s duties there included managing student service learners; assisting with the overall organization of the greenhouse; and transplanting, propagating, and cleaning plants. Her second internship will take place during the spring 2017 semester, where she will continue to manage volunteers and help facilitate the annual seed kit project, where they put together kits containing seeds, soil, and trays for various area schools so students can start their own mini-greenhouses.
Rachna has worked on two research projects since joining Associate Professor Sid Shaw’s lab in 2014. Initially, she created a data set around an assay they developed for drug effects on growing plant seedlings. Then, based on her experience with the seedling assays, Rachna worked on a reverse genetic screen, setting up assays and plant crosses with several Arabidopsis stock mutants to look for specific growth defects.
She served on the steering committee and was an undergraduate moderator for the 2015 Hutton Honors Research Symposium. Since January of 2014, Rachna has volunteered at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, serving as a Discovery Coach.