Our first two days of orientation went well, I was glad to hear some of the past experiences of other SLAWR REU participants. The third day we all met with our mentors and discussed some of our areas of interests which was useful in regards to gaining the necessary experience to fulfill our goals. Also our mentors assigned us some readings that further demonstrates more in-depth back round of the project we will be working over the summer; it is also a good resource to refer to when writing our research paper. We also were required to take some mandatory safety training which was also important to protecting ourselves against any hazards we may encounter in the SAFL. So far we have had lots of information that will be helpful for future reference and hope to learn what research is all about.