Sriram conducted research in India on the effects of mercury content on the fishing industry of the Godavari River. He focused on whether or not a correlation existed between fish mercury content and neurodegenerative diseases in the area of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Please describe your project and how you came up with the idea
I came up with the idea in previous trips to India where I saw how polluted some Indian rivers are. Through my Connecting Experience, I learned a lot about how hexavalent chromate gets in to the water (i.e. through what industries), the biochemical effects on the human body, and how it impacts the environment.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
The most rewarding aspect of this experience has been finding patterns and explanations for the data that I collected, because it means I can get closer to finding a solution. Also, I am grateful to have seen India through a new perspective when I was collecting data. I always saw the cities, but this was the first time I was able to get a glimpse into rural India.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
This experience has definitely shaped my future plans, and made me more interested in environmental and healthcare consulting. I really like the process of collecting data, analyzing data, and trying to find solutions that I experienced in India, and I would love to pursue that as a career.
Discuss the relationship you had with your faculty mentor and how they helped you during this Connecting Experience.
Dr. Poteet was an amazing faculty mentor who really helped me understand the research process. I appreciated that she was just as invested in the research project as I was, and was willing to teach me the techniques to gather proper data. As someone who has never written a research report before, Dr. Poteet taught me a lot in a short amount of time, and constantly gave me suggestions on how to improve.