I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in BSURF this summer. As a person that did not have any research experience going into the program, I am pleased by how much I have grown as a scientist and as a problem solver. I believe the most valuable aspect to me was learning about how science works, and how knowledge is produced. I’m also extremely happy with the relationships I formed with my other peers in lab, and in BSURF. Fortunately, I will be able to continue to work in my lab throughout the semester, and am eager to continue to learn, improve, and ask questions.
I also wanted to comment on how much I enjoyed the weekly seminars. Having scientists come in from several departments at Duke to introduce us to their research and to tell us about their path through science was incredible. It really showed me that you never know what you might end up doing with your life, no matter how set on a goal you are.
Lastly, I wanted to thank Dr. Grunwald, and Jason Long, for their work in running the program, and Trinity College for funding the program. It would not have been possible without your support!