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Rebecca first joined the Gunawardena lab as a volunteer in the fall term of the 2011-2012 academic school year. Her keen interest in biology and desire to conduct botanical research lead her to enroll in a Special Topics course during the winter term of that year. During this course, she investigated the effects of the actin destabilizing agent Latrunculin B on the actin cytoskeleton of lace plant leaf cells undergoing PCD, as well as non-PCD cells at the cellular/organelle level. Rebecca was awarded the Sarah Lawson Botanical Research Scholarship for the summer of 2012, which will enable her to expand her research endeavours. Rebecca is currently conducting studies related to her honours thesis, which will extend into her final year of her undergraduate degree during the 2012-2013 academic year. Her project involves the role of vacuole during PCD in the lace plant. In her spare time, Rebecca maintains an active presence in her community through lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons and volunteering for the Swim To Survive Program for the Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia.