I have worked in several labs before making my decision to apply for graduate school. My proudest moments have been the sensation of accomplishment when finishing a project, publishing a paper, and ultimately recognition for the effort I have put forth.

My first foray into science began in high school. I can still remember the visceral experience from dissecting fetal pigs and getting to see firsthand the inner workings of this fellow living thing. The complexity was fascinating, but the intriguing part to me was the simplicity of how each and every part worked together.

I continued pursuing my interest and worked on several projects in labs while in college as well as after, ultimately publishing in a scientific journal. I think that the experience of having worked on those projects is good preparation for my upcoming project in graduate school. There are many lessons learned in the process, and not just in the academic setting. I felt much more prepared for life in general by learning to work in a team (with fellow scientists), communicating (results, reviews, etc),  taking initiative (researching literature for experiment ideas).

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3 Responses to Roots

  1. Kathleen Rogers says:

    Hi Victor, your passion for your work really shines here, and your last sentence does a great job connecting the dots between what your past experiences have taught you and how those skills translate into your potential as a scholar in your field. Your post makes me want to learn more about your project. Does it stem from something you learned in one of your lab experiences?

  2. You clearly point out your general skills that you learned from working in labs but I think a funder would want more specific details, what did you do and what kind of techniques did you pick up. Would the things you learned in the lab be used in the kid of research that you’ll be doing. Many awards are open to people of multiple disciplines so I think they’re going to know what you’re going to be doing. Publishing is always a big plus but what did the article pertain to?

  3. Kris White says:

    Hello Victor,
    That sense of completion can be a great confidence boost. It gives a sort of tangible validation to what we do as researchers. As someone who is much less goal-oriented, I often find myself getting lost in my passions and lacking that true sense of completion, particularly in my research. I feel the need to remind myself of even the little accomplishments every now and then. I am happy to know that you pursue that personal validation in your passions. I feel it will make your time here much more enjoyable and productive. -Kris

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