In her blogpost, Sal shares her experience as a youth minority in the DC Area stepping into one of the most advanced molecular labs in the region (NMNH’s LAB)—and becoming a part of it. Sal completed her YES! GGI internship with mentor Bonnie Blaimer (NMNH Entomology Post-Doctoral Fellow) sequencing DNA of ants from a GGI-funded expedition to Myanmar.
The Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) program is a career immersion and science communication program for youth. YES! GGI interns spent 12 weeks during the summer and fall of 2016 building their science and communication skills, working side by side with scientists working with DNA in the National Museum of Natural History’s genomics laboratory, and doing independent research projects using the technology of genomic science.