This summer has been an amazing experience. I have gotten a really good look into what life would be like if I chose to go to grad school. While I still don’t know for sure if this is what I intend to do after school ends, I now know so much more about this option. Before doing BSURF, I didn’t really have any idea of what getting a Ph.D. entailed and what graduate school was really like, but now I have spent the last 8 weeks in a lab full of graduate students and post docs and learned so much more about pursuing a career in academia.
I think the most important thing I got out of this summer was being paired up with Lucas as my mentor. He seems to really care about me and my learning and me getting as much as I can out of this experience. I know that I have learned so much from this summer about BME and immunology and that is all thanks to him.
I have also learned more about science—how science is actually done in the lab, how it is written about, and how it is presented. The morning meetings with Dr. G and Jason really helped with this part, as well as all the faculty talks. I feel like I understand more about what a career in science looks like.