What I did for my summer research project

From working to save endangered species at the St. Louis Zoo to studying cancer in Germany — meet five Tigers who spent their summer breaks exploring the world and uncovering new truths.

Aug. 14, 2023
Contact: Deidra Ashley,

Research is an integral part of the University of Missouri, and students are invited to get involved as early as their first day on campus. This summer, Tigers traveled across the globe in pursuit of answers to some of the world’s most challenging questions.

Meet five Tigers who are on their way to making world-changing discoveries.

Kameron Hahn

Year: Junior
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Major: Biological sciences and Honors College certificate
Internship: Colorectal research through the DAAD RISE Germany scholars award program

Rosalie Ierardi

Year: Doctoral student
Hometown: Central Illinois
Field: Veterinary pathology
Internship: Tick research in Missouri

Marissa LaMartina

Year: Senior
Hometown: Farmington, Missouri
Major: Biological Sciences
Internship: Animal endocrinology and reproductive sciences research at the St. Louis Zoo

Kathryn Vanden Hoek

Year: Senior
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Biochemistry
Internship: Researching the relationship between plant roots and fungi at Harvard

Kent Waller

Year: Junior
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Major: Political science
Internship: The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program

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