Undergraduate Research Program

Shang Han (Beverly) Hung

Hung, Beverly 150x200
Major: Plant Biology
Mentor: Sharon Doty

Contact: shh17@uw.edu

Current research project: Using Endophytes to Increase Drought Tolerance of Poplar Clone OP-367

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
My research question is to test if inoculating poplar clone OP-367 with endophytes (a microorganism) can help the plant survive drought conditions. The experiment was set up by controlling the watering schedule to simulate drought conditions and comparing the results of the uninoculated control group to those of the inoculated group.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research in your field?
Go to office hours, Seminars, Professors’ web pages…etc.
Do research before you go in for an interview with the professor and show genuine interest in the topic. When you are really excited about something, I think other people will see it in you too! Therefore, pursue it!

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I got involved in research at the beginning of my junior year, I have been researching online and emailing professors of my interest during the summer. I really wanted to do research because I believed it could increase my confidence and allow me to learn a ton more than I could have learned from classes.

What is the most challenging and/or sometimes frustrating aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
I bumped into a lot of trouble while I was applying for research when I was freshman and sophomore due to lack of experience and the poor skills in writing professional emails. I was helped by the Undergraduate Research Advising office and successfully obtained a lab position the following Fall quarter.