Summer Study: What Do Phase II Scholars Do?

Phase II Scholars return to the UW Seattle campus for their second Summer Study. They meet the Phase I Scholars, learn about college life and career preparation, and participate in a one-week workshop with postsecondary instructors.


Teresa, Jarrod, and Cameron, 2018 Interns

Phase II Scholars Anna, Jordan, Tycho, Myles, and Alex attended a neurobiology workshop led by professor Martha Bosma and UW students Hiro, Kelly, Jesse, Kirsten, and Chris. The Interns who attended the workshop were Teresa, Jarrod, and Cameron. In this workshop, there were two separate projects: one was the stimulation of a cockroach leg and the other was the dissection and physiological experimentation of embryonic mouse hearts.

Tycho, Jordan, and Anna worked in the cockroach lab. Hiro taught them about the basic structure of a neuron, the various responses, and the concept of action potentials. He covered depolarization and polarization and when it changes. The Scholars tested electrical stimulation with and against the grain of the cockroach leg, listening for variations in sound and recording the differences in variables, including the positioning of the legs and whether music was being played. They discovered that the cockroach leg was more active when lively music was played compared to slower music. They also concluded that more electrical feedback occurs when the leg was stimulated against the grain. Scholar Anna reported that her favorite thing she learned was about pain sensation and how neurons can rapidly wear out (known as “accommodation”).

Phase II Scholars Myles and Alex work in the Neurobiology lab during Summer Study 2018.

In the second group, Myles and Alex began the embryonic mouse heart lab led by Martha Bosma. Mouse embryo hearts are about the size of a pin on a needle. On day one, the hearts were beating slowly because the mice embryos were at a less active stage. On day two we added nicotine, which made the heart start to beat sporadically. The left atrium beat faster than the rest of the heart, causing an irregular rhythm. The heart ended up overdosing on nicotine and stopped beating, which was not the intended result. We learned more about hearts, as well as learned how to read and review scholarly articles.

Overall the neurobiology lab was a great learning experience and an informative way to learn how electricity works within our bodies. We would like to thank biology professor Martha Bosma for supporting us and donating her time. We would also like to acknowledge the many undergraduate and graduate students that spent their mornings serving us as well. Without these people, our experience would not have been the same!

Let’s Do Video! Video Storytelling with Rooted in Rights

Serena, Ryan, and Katie, 2018 Interns
Phase II Scholar PJ, with help of instructor Courtney, films fellow Phase II Scholar Camilo during the Rooted In Right workshop during Summer Study 2018.

Have you ever wanted to tell a story or create a video? If so, you would love the Phase II workshop Let’s Do Video! Video Storytelling with Rooted in Rights. Phase II Scholars PJ, Hayley, Jono, Camilo, and Jane learned how to create unique videos about disability representation and accessibility.

The Scholars were guided and directed by an amazing group of instructors: Courtney Cole (2013 Scholar), Vanessa Link (2014 Scholar), Jordan Melograna, Rachael Miyazaki, Vilissa Thompson, and Anna Zivartis. Throughout the week, the Scholars wrote scripts, created B-role, chose music, edited footage, created captions, and created audio descriptions. The Scholars created fantastic videos while learning important skills they can use in the future. View the two videos produced on Facebook on the Rooted in Rights page!