Allison Hubbard’s Award Winning Research

1237719_10201438066105065_1726791192_nName: Allison Hubbard

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Environmental Science Major; Minors; Business Administration, Psychology

Hometown: Barre, MA

Research Project Name: Site Characterization and Comparison of Bacteria Populations of a Historic Diesel-Contaminated Site on Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, RI

AC: We love hearing about your project but many students do not know the research you did.  Can you explain what exactly you researched and why you chose that topic?!

AH: On Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay there is an old Navy T-Dock where they used to fuel ships before they were sent overseas.  When they decommissioned the area the pipes and drums of diesel and oil were left on the island and leaked.  Eventually around 2000, the piped and drums were removed and limited remediation (removal of contaminated materials) was performed.  There is still a layer of petroleum products just under a few inches of sand on the beach next to the T-Dock.  I was trying to determine if the bacteria had shifted or changed due to the oil spill being there for so long, and to see if I could find bacteria that could essentially eat a component of diesel fuel called naphthalene (NAP).  We thought that if we could find a bacterium, or a group of bacteria that could break down NAP that we could manipulate the bacteria into breaking more of the fuel down to bioremediate (clean up) the site of the spill.

CaptureAC: What was your favorite part about completing the research and what did you find most challenging?  

AH: My favorite part about completing the research is how much I was able to learn and the networking opportunities that I was presented with through the SURF RI program.  I loved being able to solve a mystery.  The most challenging part of research was learning that 99% of science is failure and that there is only 1% of the time when your experiment works…and then you have to try to replicate it again.  I learned a lot from the experiments not working out as planned, because it is a giant puzzle where you have to try and figure out why it did not work, and what can be done to fix it.  Just because you did not get the answer you were looking for or expected, does not mean that your answer is bad or wrong; it can actually lead to new exciting questions.

ImageAC: How did Bryant help you with your research?

AH: I was lucky enough to actually work with one of my professors, Dr. Dan McNally, this past summer.  All of my professors have encouraged me from day one to get into research because there is so much to learn outside of the classroom.  Dr. McNally’s Human Impact on Land and Life course re-sparked my interest in direct conservation and experimental investigation.

AC: What is the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences?

AH: The Symposium was comprised of at least 44 institutions coming together with 208 student presenters as well as their faculty and judges at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  It was an opportunity to display and discuss our research with the science community and to learn how to defend our work and learn how to more effectively communicate our specialty to others.

AC:  Can you tell us a little bit about your success with this symposium?

AH: I have always loved helping others learn, and I really enjoy being able to share what I am passionate about with others.  This year, being a science tutor in ACE, I have found that I have really strengthened my communication skills in terms of communicating science to those in different areas of the field, or to those who are outside of science.  When the judges came to my poster, I felt so excited to share my knowledge with them and with anyone who had questions.  I was nervous, but once I started talking, the thrill of discovery came back to me and I just had to share.  I was surprised to have won first place in my group because I went in with wanting to gain experience and to share what I had learned through my research.

AC: Congratulations!  Any advice for those who are looking to complete research as an undergraduate at Bryant?

AH: Apply to everywhere and to everything that interests you.  If it is even remotely in the field of your interest, give it a try.  You never know what will spark your passion and interest, and where your research can lead you.  Do not be afraid to try something new, and the friends, teachers, and mentors that you will gain are invaluable.


Michael’s Hasbro Internship in Marketing

ImageName: Michael Walsh

Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Marketing / Global Supply Chain Management & Communications

Hometown: Cumberland, RI

Company Interned For: Hasbro Inc.

AC: What was your position and your duties on a day to day basis?

MW: My position was US Marketing Intern for the Boy’s division, the brands I was primarily involved with included the Beyblade, B-Daman, and KRE-O.  I also helped out on other brands such as Nerf, Marvel, and Transformers. My major day to day projects involved our word of mouth marketing campaigns but I also worked on various ad hoc projects relating to all marketing aspects of the various brands.

AC: What was your favorite part about working for Hasbro and what did you find most challenging?  How about one thing you will always remember?!

MW: My favorite part of working at Hasbro was seeing the impact of the work I had done. For example, I worked on a project that involved developing an ‘on package coupon’ that you could find at any Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys ‘R Us across the country.  The most challenging part was only having one year of college under my belt. I hadn’t even taken Marketing 201 yet so I did not have the same experience level of other interns and had a lot of ground to make up.  Fortunately, I worked with some great people who really taught me a lot and mentored me throughout the process.  In addition to the great people I worked with an experience I’ll never forget is when I went to my old 5th grade elementary school class and brought in free product for all the kids. Seeing how excited they were and how much fun they had with the toys made all the work that I did that summer even that more special.

AC: What is the Hasbro culture like? 

MW: The culture at Hasbro is great; it’s definitely something the company prides itself on and strives to maintain. They try to keep an innovative and fun vibe going every day. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to be working and all of a sudden I’d be getting shot with a Nerf blaster.

AC: Which classes from Bryant helped you succeed throughout your internship?

MW:  I definitely took things I learned in all my classes and applied them during my internship but my Global Foundations of Business course benefited me the most. At Hasbro I was working with different groups of people every day, the skills and experience I developed while working with my GFOB team made this much easier.

AC:  How did you come across it?  We know Hasbro is a difficult place to get in the door with so how vital was networking for you?!

MW:  I actually first started working at Hasbro during the spring semester of my freshman year. Undergraduate internships are hard to find at Hasbro and sometimes can only by obtained through referrals. I was fortunate enough to know someone who worked at Hasbro who passed my resume along to human resources who brought me in for an interview.  While I had originally applied for a summer internship, they offered me a spring semester internship as a Global Marketing Intern for our Playskool brand and I jumped at the opportunity. At the end of that internship, I was interviewed for the position in US Marketing and have been with that group since.

AC: What advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to pursue an internship?  Also, is it possible for freshmen to get internships? hasbro-logo_1310575185

MW: Absolutely, every undergraduate student should try to get at least one internship. In an internship there are lots of things you learn that can’t be taught in the classroom. Also, I have found that experiences I have had during my internship have helped me understand things in class much better. If I’m trying to understand a concept I apply it to how it would work at Hasbro to help better understand. Although most freshmen don’t have an internship it’s definitely a possibility and something every freshmen should try to do. Unfortunately, many companies are looking for students who are Juniors or Seniors so to find internship opportunities you definitely need to utilize your network to help you get your foot in the door.

Bailey Cornell’s WPRI Internship Experience

Internship photoName: Bailey Cornell

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Communication major, Spanish & Business Administration double minor

Hometown: Killingworth, CT

Company Interned For: WPRI The Rhode Show

AC: What was your position and your duties on a day to day basis?
BC: As an intern for the Rhode Show, I do a wide variety of things to help out with the production of the show.  I greet guests, log footage, run the teleprompter, help set up and break down sets, and most of all I learn a lot about how a television show is produced.  Here’s a picture of me with the headset on in the studio kitchen.
AC: What was your favorite part about your internship and what did you find most challenging?  How about one memory that you will always remember?!
BC: It’s tough to pick a favorite part of my internship because I’m always having lots of fun! I get to interact with awesome people and do a bunch of random and awesome things. I’m getting to know all of the hosts; thankfully they’re all so nice and willing to answer all of the questions I have for them.  I love hearing about how they got started in the business and where they plan on going next because it seems to be different for everyone! Here’s a picture of all of the hosts of the show and me throwing some leaves in the air behind them:

I’ve also gotten to meet lots of really interesting people who come on the show, from chefs to history buffs to people in costume.  These are some photos of me and some awesome people who have visited us on the show:

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I also get to go on field shoots with them to interview people all over the state.  My favorite was when I got to go up in a helicopter over Newport!  It was beautiful and so much fun.  n

The most challenging part is probably just that it’s so early in the morning. I have to be there at 7 am and it’s about 30 minutes from Bryant so that makes for some pretty early mornings for a college student. But thankfully it really isn’t that much of a problem.
AC: What is it like to watch The Rhode Show and know that something you did made this happen?  What was the culture like?
BC: I love knowing that I helped to put together such a successful show. It’s so funny when I see it on TV because I know exactly what going on behind the scenes and the effort that is put into even the littlest things.  The culture is amazing.  Everyone is always laughing and having fun so it’s just a great place to be.
AC: Which classes from Bryant helped you succeed throughout your internship?
BC: The two classes that have helped me the most are Basic Field Production and Basic Studio Production.  They taught me a lot about how to use the equipment that is used in production.
AC:  How did you come across it? 
BC: I actually came across this internship because of a professor here at Bryant: Tom Zammarelli.  He was able to set up the whole thing for me, which was perfect.
AC: Lastly, what advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to pursue an internship?
BC: My advise to anyone looking to pursue an internship is if you are thinking about doing it or aren’t quite sure just go for it. Give it a try because it is definitely great experience that you won’t be able to get any other way.  And if you wind up hating it at least now you know that that is not the right job for you and you can focus your time on a career that will make you happy.