Finishing the CURF & A Sneak Peak into My Work!

Me after finishing my paper!! My Process: Conducting research can definitely be challenging and intimidating at times! I found that the most difficult part for me was knowing where to begin. Doing an independent research assignment for the first is daunting and figuring out where to start is challenging. In times of feeling overwhelmed and…

Reflections / Ramblings from CURF

Due to its hands-on nature, research can be incredibly exciting, fun, and engaging (especially when it works). However, as with most things, this is not “always” the case. And when things don’t work as expected, research can be frustrating, disappointing, and perhaps not so fun. This semester has really been a semester of growing along…

CURF 3: Wrapping up my research

As I progressed through my final fall semester here, I spent a significant amount of time in the lab pursuing research. What I want to highlight as my main takeaways from this semester and previous semesters is the importance of discussion and collaboration within the world of biological research. Being able to have a good…

CURF 3: The Road Ahead

This semester, I worked a lot on my BPhil/Honors thesis project. One of the tasks I had to do for the honors thesis was to create a proposal and defend it to my committee. For this, I had to create and give a quick (15-20 min) presentation summarizing my proposal. I learned a great deal…

CURF 3: Final Reflections of the Semester

Over the course of the semester, my understanding of the research process changed quite a bit. Last spring, it appeared that my experiments were more successful on average. However, looking back, this is not completely true. Working with fewer variables and simpler mechanisms, my previous data looks better, and that was on purpose. Instead of…

CURF Reflection

All cells in a multicellular organism contain the exact same DNA. However, to create the different cell types (neurons, blood cells, etc), each cell uses or expresses different pieces of DNA, creating mRNAs that encode for proteins needed in different cell types. I spent this semester researching the role eRNAs (a type of non-protein-coding RNAs)…

College Xoice Wrap-Up

I learned and grew my skills exponentially through this internship. I’m extremely glad that I was chosen for this role and for this company! Working at a small tech startup, specifically with a smaller team, has made me realize how important communication is. In the beginning of the semester, my fellow intern and I spent…

A Pinterest “Vision Board” in the Works

With each week that goes by, my heart becomes more and more torn at the thought of leaving Belgium. I would place myself in the denial stage of grief at the moment; I refuse to believe that I only have about a month and a half left. On some nights, I feel as though I…

CUTF: Synthesis of my experience

During my time completing the CUTF, as I worked on putting the concepts in the course into a real-world perspective, I’ve developed an appreciation of the research done in chemistry, which is a completely different field from the one that I have built my experience around. Many of the concepts discussed and terms used were…

Building skills in Biology

I stood in Cathedral room 232. In front of me were 150 anxious biology students eager about their first college exam the following morning. It was time for me to explain the levels of protein structure as part of their review system. Working with students one-on-one during my office hours, I recognized that there were…