Katherine Ingebretsen

Katherine Ingebretsen


Biological Sciences

O'Fallon, Illinois

Favorite and/or most impactful course

As of now, the class that has made the largest impact on me has been BIOS 136, Virus Hunting, with Dr. Chia. As a biological sciences major who is interested in research and lab work, this class was the perfect combination of both. It did not follow a set schedule, but instead it followed our progress and success in the lab. In the class, we got to find and study our own phage, which is a virus that infects bacteria, so it really was a hands on class rather than a lecture based class. I enjoyed this class immensely because it reinforced my interest in research and also taught me many common lab techniques that will be applicable in future classes and work fields. 

My favorite course so far has been THEA 189H, which was a course on William Shakespeare. While I am not a theatre major, I took the course as a requirement for the Honors program. Initially, the class got off to a bumpy start because we had to switch professors the second week in, but our new professor, Andy Park, was amazing and incredibly creative with the assignments. In the class, we got to see a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at UNL's Temple Building, write a review of the performance as a midterm, experience a Shakespeare-themed haunted house in October, perform a scene from one of Shakespeare's works, and participate in two debates. The class was a refreshing breath of fresh air from the hefty science related courses required for a biological sciences degree, which is why I particularly enjoyed it.     

Research or internship experience

I have not been involved with a research lab outside of class yet. However, I have been involved with research through one of my classes, BIOS 136. In the class, we, as groups of three, were responsible for the discovery, analysis, and interpretation of our own phages (viruses that infect bacteria). We decided what must be done to further our knowledge and understanding of the phage and performed experiments such as plaque assays, serial dilutions, electrophoresis, and DNA extraction. Afterwards, we sent a sample of our discovered phage to the program's national database to be recorded and archived for future reference.

Also, while I have no yet had an intership here, I look forward to one in the future.

Other involvement

I am involved with the Biology Club on campus, but since I am still a freshman and have not been involved with the club for very long yet, I do not hold a leadership role.    

Why you chose Nebraska

I chose UNL for a variety of reasons, but the primary reason that made me come here was its positive and welcoming environment. I am an out-of-state military kid who has lived in places as far from Nebraska as Japan, and because of my unusual background, I have always had the lingering feeling that I do not belong in any particular place. However, here at UNL, everyone has been so kind, accommodating, and accepting of me. There is a whole world of opportunities here at UNL, and there are also people who are willing to go above and beyond to help me find, participate, and succeed in my goals and endeavors. UNL's community and their support is what really drew me here, and so if there is one thing I believe people should know about UNL, it is that no matter where you come from, you will find friends, mentors, and support here that are willing to help you discover and pursue your path in life.  

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