This summer has been a truly transformative experience for me.
This summer was the first opportunity I had to work in an actual professional research facility...My mentor challenged me to critically analyze the data and identify relationships
The environment, the research, and the people are truly amazing and this process has only furthered my passion for this field.
This summer I've learned to think on my own and figure out problems without being handed the information.
This experience pushed me to be more independent while also reminding me that it's OK to ask questions.
Important among the many lessons I learned was the need for methodical experiment design and careful planning in order to get results thoroughly and efficiently. I also saw how much creativity is needed in order to develop a new procedure or platform.