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Temple Summer in Sicily, Biology 3380: Biotechnology Applied to Historical Conservation
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Mikayla Casey

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Exploring an area of study not directly related to my major - biotechnology - in a global setting showed me the interconnectivity of the many different fields of study. I was able to learn about both culture and science in a completely new and refreshing setting!

I was able to learn about both culture and science in a completely new and refreshing setting!

How did this experience impact you academically?

I knew little to nothing about biotechnology and the processes used for restoring cultural artifacts - furthermore, I knew little about what constituted a cultural artifact and how it might affect foreign cultures today. Interacting with historical media revealed not only scientific techniques but also cultural significance to Italian history and society.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Traveling to Italy showed me the wonders and importance of cultural heritage. Going forward, I hope to pursue a career in a field that will allow me to continue to travel and expand my horizons, perhaps occasionally dabbling in fields not directly tied to my primary fields of study. This would broaden my connections among fields and supplement my knowledge and understanding of my own field with information from other areas of study.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I found out about this experience due to a desire to study abroad that was greatly cultivated and encouraged by the Paterno Fellows Program. While I did not find this program directly through the PFP, their encouragement inspired me to branch out and do my own research, an experience I will never forget!

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