One of the most important things I want to get out of my summer in BSURF is knowing if I want to continue doing research as I continue on in my undergraduate career and professional career. First of all, do I even like to be in a lab and do research? My experience in a lab has been limited to labs required for STEM classes, which have only introduced me to a small portion of science. I feel like I have been missing out on other areas of science because of my lack of experience. So, I want to use my experience this summer to gauge whether or not research is something for me.
I also expect to learn what other interests I have in science. For example, I am working in Dr. Volkan’s lab, mainly dealing with fly epigenetics and what genes underly the neural circuits of sexual/mating behavior. From research I have done over the years, I have been more interested in neuroimmunology, but I want to see if the subjects I am studying in lab are of interest to me to and are something I should explore in the future. I don’t want to end up limiting myself to a certain subject and then realizing later on that I am more interested in something else. I want to explore everything (or at least most things) so that I can be secure in my interests.
Lastly, I expect to learn. Whether it is learning about the things I’ve mentioned above, or even learning about myself, my personality, and my strengths and weaknesses. Everything is a learning experience and I want to do a lot of it as I go through this program. No matter what happens this summer I want to leave it with no regrets and with more knowledge than I entered with. I can’t wait to see what this summer holds for me and most importantly, what I do during my research experience!