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Sydney Murray. Photo by Office of the Vice President Research, USask.

The worm journal

“The best thing about research is that there are so many unanswered questions; there is always something new to learn.”

Sydney Murray is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Toxicology. This summer, as an undergraduate research assistant, Sydney collaborated with Dr. Michael Wu, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, to investigate the mechanism of the foodborne chemical acrylamide. Sydney unravels the mysteries of her experience.

Why do summer research?

“I have always been interested in working in a lab since I was in my first year of university.” Murray recounted. “I am always in shock and awe by the research projects that are going on here on campus.” Murray wanted to be “a part of something that I found so innovative.”

Participating in summer research helped her “to see the ins-and-out of research and get the taste of what a career in research would really be like.” Supported by the Undergraduate Research Initiative, the Toxicology Department (TUREP), and her supervisor Dr. Michael Wu, Sydney became a worm scientist.

The full version of this article is available on the USask Office of the Vice President Research website. 

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