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Kilah Wenzel

Biology 152 Project: Community-Based Research

Year during project: Sophomore

Academic major(s): Human Development and Family Studies.

Career goals: Physician Assistant

What the goal of your community-based research project?
My goal was to test the hypothesis that cooling environments can significantly enhance exercise performance and reduce subjective feelings of fatigue in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Why did you choose a community-based project?

It was the best fit for my personality. I love interacting with people and trying to better others’ lives, even if in the most minute way. Community-based research afforded me this opportunity to see firsthand my hard work benefit and improve the lives of other individuals.

How did your project affect your understanding of biology?

This project helped me understand the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis and the effects of the disease.

How did the project support your career goals?

The project afforded me the opportunity to look at a disease holistically: the pathology, symptoms, side effects, and the possible remedies to improve the lives of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. I know this holistic approach will be extremely useful in my career.

What was your favorite part about your experience?

My favorite part of the experience was initiating a theory that in turn proved to benefit and enhance the lives of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis on a daily basis. I am also incredibly grateful for the chance to be exposed to the raw determination and personal courage of these individuals who suffer daily with their disabling disease of Multiple Sclerosis. They have touched me more than I can ever hope to express.

Would you recommend community-based research to other students?

Definitely. There is no greater reward than seeing your hard work and effort benefiting others directly.