I came “back” to the Nematology department to do my Minor Thesis at the end of October 2013. I first came in contact with the department during a course called Research Methodology.
My experience with the department was really good and after one meeting with Erin I immediately knew that I wanted to do my Minor Thesis at Nematology. What I really love about the department is the friendly atmosphere and the coffee breaks where you really get to know all the people that are working at the department. The people are really great and the activities organized are awesome! I will never forget the Christmas lunch! But besides the good social environment I also experienced a nice working environment. I think that one cannot go without the other. I started to do a small literature study and soon after that began my work at the lab. I like to work in a clean and good organized working space and expect people to clean there mess just as well as I clean mine. I was happily surprised to see how well the lab was organized. During my experiment I was really free to follow my own path. Weekly meetings with different groups makes people aware of what you are doing as well as it makes you aware of what other people are doing. I had quite some difficulty in obtaining the desired results, but as a researcher you just have to keep on going. Everybody was willing to help share their thoughts with me, which was very nice. But at the end I got my desired results and the goal of my experiment was fully satisfied. I want to thank my supervisor Erin for all the help all the things she taught me about resistance genes and making a good report. Also my thanks go out to Aska for the professional and correct way of grading my thesis! I had a wonderful time and learned quite a lot at the lab thanks to Hein and Casper. I’m happy with my results and happy with my time spent at Nematology. Kind regards, Arnoud Witteveen