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Katie Mantz Presents at the Inter/Micro International Microscopy Symposium

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This past June, I was thrilled to present at the Inter/Micro International Microscopy Symposium at the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago. The symposium was amazing – there were speakers from around the world, and their presentations really showed how the microscopy skills we learn in class are used every day by professionals and students in research and industry.  The three day symposium was followed by a two day workshop on how to, prepare, examine, and identify human and animal tissues using microscopes, which was honestly two of the most fun days of my life! However, the biggest highlight of the trip for me was meeting other biologists who work in trace evidence; as a student on the biology track, it is always assumed that I want to work in a DNA lab, but I really want to work in trace evidence. At Inter/Micro, I not only got to meet world class biologists like Dr. Brian Ford and Dr. Lynne Herold (retired trace evidence criminalist), but I got to spend two days working side by side with them during the workshop. I can’t even begin to describe how inspirational it was for me to get to know people who are what I hope to become in my career.

Beyond the fun of the conference, we got to see Chicago. We went to Millennium Park and took pictures at Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, ate deep dish pizza, played pub trivia on the rooftop of Reggie’s Rock Club, and had dinner at Navy Pier. It was an unforgettable week, and I can’t say thank you enough to Mr. Moorehead and the Forensic Science Program for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so special!

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