About Kaitlyn Miedema!

My name is Kaitlyn Miedema and I am currently a freshman enrolled at UW-La Crosse and enrolled in BIO 203. As of right now, I am majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. My goal is to attend graduate school to become a Physician's Assistant. Eventually, I would like to specialize in ENT. I have been thinking about this for awhile, ever since I got mono in high school and had to have a lymph node removed from the back of my throat. I also had chronic sinus infections for a couple years and didn't find any relief until I had surgery on my nose. In short, I have had a lot of experience with the ENT's in my life and I really want to be able to help people like they have helped me. Well, that explains the biology major and the chemistry minor, but why do I want to major in Spanish as well? The answer is simply because I love the language and I think it is really cool when people are bilingual. That is one of the reasons why I am studying abroad next spring, probably in Costa Rica!

While I'm at school, I like to stay busy by being involved in CRU, Bible study, Pre-PA club, and (my favorite) being the Vice President of my hall. When I'm not busy doing everything else, I like to hike the bluffs, run, play softball, spend time with friends and family, and simply being outside doing whatever. I absolutely love it here at La Crosse! Not only do I think the University is a fantastic school to be at, but the city itself is beautiful and there is always something to do! During the summer, I live back home with my Mom, Dad and brother, Grant, and my two dogs. I live in Green Bay, WI, so I am naturally a huge Packer's fan and I love going to games!

I chose to do ergot for this project because back in high school, I remembered reading about ergot and I have always been interested in this organism. Also, I knew that LSD was derived from Claviceps purpurea and I thought it would be really interesting to learn about the organism it comes from, as well as the history behind the drug that has shaped history so dramatically. I hope my webpage has also given you an appreciation for this organism and that you learned a lot about it! I know that I did while doing my research!

I also would like to have a quick shout out to my professors, Dr. Sandland and Dr. Volk, and all of the helpers at ITS. This webpage would not have been possible without them and I am very grateful for all of their help!


Thanks again for checking out my webpage, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at miedema.kait@uwlax.edu!
You can also contact my professors at sandland.greg@uwlax.edu and volk.thom@uwlax.edu!
Thanks again for visiting! :)

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