For me, my biggest “extracurricular” activity is working in Wirtz Lab. I’ve written a few posts about it – look here, here, here, and here. I think that research is such a critical part of my undergraduate career- I’ve learned how to create experiments, how to research to find answers to my questions, solve problems and barriers that are ultimately going to come from doing your experiments, how to organize and analyze complex data, how to ask questions, how to work in a professional environment, how to become prolific in an area, and how to be observant of all changes and differences.
On my engineering tours, I like to say that research is incredible because you get to do what you learn in class. One time, I went to my cell biology lecture and we learned about fix and stain. That afternoon, I did a fix and stain on my cells in lab. This semester, I’m taking a documentary photography class. We look at the use of photos to tell a story. How does a photographer compose the scene to articulate his or her sense of the story? I decided to focus on my lab and how we use all the tools and supplies to study cancer.
Without further ado, here’s Wirtz Lab through my eyes –