Health and Biomedical Sciences
Young Scholar Profile: Gul Dolen
My desire to become a scientist was incited when I was about 8 years old, visiting family in Antalya, Turkey. Having grown up in the USA, and never having seen sea urchins before, I was very afraid of the black, spiny, bizarre creatures littering the sandy beaches, and refused to go into the sea. My grandmother, a high school biology teacher, was able to reassure me of the sea urchins harmlessness, by taking one in her hand, letting me touch its spines, dissecting out its stomach, and showing me its tiny teeth. I spent the rest of the summer swimming in the sea until my fingers were pruned, and the rest of my life fascinated by the wonders of nature.