Research in the Timmons lab focuses on mechanisms that are required for RNA interference. A Beckman Scholar will receive one-on-one mentoring in the Timmons lab with the PI, technical staff, and graduate students on a daily basis. The student will acquire skills in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and biochemistry, and will work toward independence and proficiency in research design, acquisition of supplies, equipment usage, troubleshooting, record keeping, lab safety, scientific ethics, and scientific writing. Mentoring will begin with assessments of the Scholar's career goals, planning a research timeline, and establishing long-term project goals. A Scholar will receive weekly input in small group format during lab meetings, accompanied by a careful review of data records in monthly meetings. These meetings will allow for constructive criticism, discussion of future plans, and continued guidance directed toward acquiring workplace skills and preparing for a research career. To further guide academic and personal development, a Scholar will be notified of seminars, including graduate student presentations, and will be presented with opportunities to mentor other undergraduates or high school students working in the lab. We will expect a scholar to present a Biology Honors seminar, a poster at a scientific conference, and/or to publish research findings upon completion of their research project goals.