How to Get Involved in Research

Whenever I tell any of my friends or peers that I am working in a lab, the first question they ask is how I got a position. It seems that for people who aren’t a part of any of the internships that CSEP offers have a really hard time finding a lab. However, I have […]

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My experience with INSET

Over the past several weeks I had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people in the Palmstrom Lab. I have learned a lot in this small amount of time. I learned much about the theory of electricity and magnetism, but more importantly I have seen first hand that science isn’t only about […]

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Wading in Vs. Jumping in the Deepend

As I have been toiling away in the lab day in and day out and learning so much that I didn’t even know I didn’t know, it is hard to find the time to reflect on what I have been learning outside of the numerous papers and reviews I read and outside of my data. […]

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A Package In a Package

Starting this summers program my mind was solely fixed on the research which has challenged and pushed me far beyond expectation. Surprisingly though it is the program’s communications development that may leave the greatest mark on my life. Some explanation is needed here. It is safe to say I am a late bloomer. This is […]

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Rethinking Graduate School

Industry or academia? In other words, do I want a job immediately after graduation or do I want to become an expert in my field? Through my first experience in research, I have looked ahead to where I want to be in five years and what I don’t see is a crystal clear path. All […]

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From Nothing to Everything

A little more than three hundred sixty-five days ago, I couldn’t have imagined a life in research. In fact, I didn’t even know that it was an option. Now, about three hundred sixty-five days later, I don’t know how I ever lived without it. Coming in as a chemical engineer, it seemed predetermined for me […]

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Seeing is believing 2

Hello everyone Robert here again writing my second blog post. A lot has happened in my research since my last post. My research is broken into several stages defining the problem, generating concepts, developing a solution, and finally constructing and designing my microscope. I have completed the first three stages and am currently in the […]

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The Big Picture

I think the biggest observation that I’ve made from working in a lab is that I tend to forget the big picture very often when working in the lab. As a chemistry major working in an organic synthesis lab, everything takes very long to complete. Every step takes so long and because of this I […]

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Progress and the road to success

The reality of my research this summer is that it often moved in small and incremental steps and sometimes even dead ends. When I started this summer I think I was under the impression that things would run seamlessly into another and that perhaps their was always some plan to negotiate problems, although, it fortunately […]

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Mitragotri Lab

Friendships and Research

Unlike the rest of my friends living in Santa Barbara, I was unable to enjoy the ocean breeze while tanning on the beach because I was engaged in my research for the last eight weeks. However, I am not disappointed by this because the long lasting memories and friendships I made in the Mitragotri lab […]

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