Graduation is coming up in just two months so I only have a little bit of time to finish up my research here at UCSB. It is both exciting and stressful thinking about finishing up my undergraduate career and moving on to other things. Undergraduate research has definitely been one of the best things I have done during my undergraduate studies. Just taking classes would have still educated me but it would not have given me the hands on practice I have received working in a lab. I am very glad to have had this experience and I am glad that I enjoy the research I have been doing. I believe that having had this type of experience in undergraduate studies will definitely help me in my future. All the skills I have learned will help aid me in graduate school and in my future career in research. I would highly recommend for anyone interested in research to pursue research in undergraduate school because it is a great experience and it helps prepare students greatly for the future than just taking classes alone.
I also recommend working in multiple labs during one’s undergraduate career in order to get a taste of the different kinds of labs out there. I have worked in a couple labs now and it was great to be able to work in different types of environments and do different kinds of work. And starting lab work earlier during undergraduate studies than later to get more experience before graduating is what I also recommend. I regret not trying to work in a lab earlier than I did, because I could have experienced more and gained even more skills before I graduated. But I am still glad that I was able to get the experiences I did through the CEEM internship and through the other labs I have worked in.