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Thank you Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, for putting your faith in the young

May 9th, 2011. 3:02:27 PM Disbelief: My state of mind as I clicked on the awaited email titled Beckman Scholars Program Award. Same day. 3:02:28 PM One yelp-jump-in-the-air-call-your-mother-butterflies-fluttering-under-your-skin kind of Joy. It amazes me that one single opportunity in college can lead to another and another and before you realize where...

The Start of a New Quarter

Winter break was such a blessing. After a hectic schedule, demanding courses, and research last quarter, it was a much needed escape from stress. It had been about a year and a half since I spent more than one consecutive night back home. Being able to see my family and spend time with them was so refreshing. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to be...

Optical Properties of Cephalopod Skin

As my first post on this blog, I want to give some background into what I’m researching here at UCSB. The title of my project is a bit of a mouthful: “Optical Properties of Cephalopod Skin.” But what is a cephalopod, and why are its skin’s interactions with light so interesting? What applications could research into this area yield? Cephalopods...

Two more weeks to go :)

Hi, everyone! We got only two more weeks to finish the quarter :)  It has been a pretty intense one. I have been spending a lot of time on my grad school applications and my ChE classes keep me pretty busy too. I worked full time in the lab over the summer. We got a lot done in our project involving polymers with very low band-gap based on strong donor...

One Year Later

So it’s been a year since I started working on Polycystic Kidney Disease in Weimbs lab . When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never performed biological research techniques such as mutagenic PCR, ChIP, luciferase, western blotting, or cell culture. To be honest, I could barely find my way around the lab, and I had to constantly...

A Very Busy Quarter

I am super busy this quarter.  Along with my continuing research into increasing the length of DNA nanotubes, I am taking four biology classes and doing some volunteer work with a local medical organization.  As far as my research is going I have an awesome internship with RISE and will presenting some of my data at the SCCUR conference in November. ...

Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year!

The fall quarter at UC Santa Barbara is off to a running start and we will have a new crop of Undergraduate Research bloggers starting in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, you can get information about getting involved with undergraduate research at the UCSB Undergraduate Research page or read through last year’s archives to learn more about the...

Summer so far…

It has only been a week of summer work and so far I have put in more hours in the lab than I would normally in a month during the school year.  I absolutely love it. Spending my time actually working and practicing science as been so much more fun, rewarding, and educational than some of my classes!  I am still taking one class over summer, but a lot...

Membrane Formation with Microfluidics

The school year is over! It’s amazing to think that I’m half way done with college; time passes by so quickly. This summer I will continue my research with my new mentor with the UC LEADS program. Our project is currently on membrane formation. We are testing out two methods of membrane formation and combining them to create a membrane that suits our...

Time for summer research

A whole weekend of summer vacation? Sweet!…. Seriously though, I already start work tomorrow? I feel like I just got out of my last final. My summer research project is in a chemistry lab at Caltech. The project is to build a novel chemical reactor that can take samples of a solution in real-time to study time-dependent species of a reaction. To do...

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