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)…

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…

CURF Post 3- Summing Up the Semester

This semester in the lab was different from previous ones in that I was responsible for training a new undergraduate student on top of completing my other lab work. One of the hardest things to balance at least for me in the lab is time. With classes and experiments that run for hours it can…

CUTF 3: Final Reflections

Hi Everyone, Although I have been involved in teaching in the past, the CUTF has offered me a unique role in the classroom this fall. The greatest difference from my past experience is that I have been able to reach a larger  number of students. I have gone from helping a small number of students…

The TA Becomes the Teacher (for one day)

This semester spent as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant through the CUTF has been an incredible learning experience. In fact, everything I have been learning came together when I was responsible for teaching a full class period (75 minutes) completely on my own. To say I was nervous was an understatement. While I have gotten to…