Nathaniel Ponvert wants you to follow your passion, but realize that you never know where it may take you. Nathaniel entered the University of Arizona with a love of photography, especially with an interest in the desert plants he was photographing. He followed that interest into selecting related general education classes in the field of science, which led to working closely with faculty who study plants in a lab setting. By continuously following his passion, it eventually led him to be a PhD student at Brown University.
Nathaniel Ponvert is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences. While at the U of A, he worked as an Undergraduate Biology Research Program scholar in Dr. Ravishankar Palanivelu’s laboratory, investing the role of female-expressed proteins in facilitating reproduction in plants. He is now working towards his Ph.D. at Brown University in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry.
Getting to know faculty individually can help you in college and career. Find subject matter that interests you, take classes and be proactive in finding faculty who have this interest, approach these faculty to see if there is more one-on-one work you can do with them, like working in a lab.
Graduate school life and work – More self-directed, diving in deep into a topic you want to research and become an expert in.
Undergraduate Biology Research Program: https://ubrp.arizona.edu/