Hello everyone! My name is Malika Basu and I am a current junior. I am double majoring in Integrative Biology Honors and Chemistry, and I am getting a minor in Informatics. I am an international student from Kolkata, India. After graduation, I plan to go to graduate school and ultimately pursue a career in research. I began getting involved with research in my freshman year when I volunteered in an Ecology lab and helped create a census of all the trees in a local forest. I changed labs in my sophomore year and started working in the Sokac lab, cell and developmental biology lab. I participated in a project where we tried to see if glyoxal fixation could be used as an alternative to formaldehyde fixation in Drosophila melanogaster embryos. On-campus, I work as a tutor in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, am involved with the GLOBE program as a blue member, am involved with Beta Psi Omega, a professional biology fraternity, and am a member of Phi Eta Sigma, an honors society. I use all my on-campus involvements as an opportunity to make new friends and learn things that can only be learned outside a classroom setting. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching films. Please feel free to contact me about getting involved with undergraduate research, learning more about the Integrative Biology Honors program, adjusting to life at UIUC, life as an international student, getting involved on campus, and balancing your commitments in college. I look forward to hearing from you!