Research enhances understanding-in all aspects
of life. When I first conducted research prior to college, I didn't
understand how my measly 10 hrs/week in a laboratory would produce
anything substantial. When it was time to draw conclusions, however,
implications between real-world issues and laboratory data became
comparable. Better yet, even if concrete results were not yet achieved,
the methodologies in carrying out the project outweighed any numbers.
Every question requires an answer, but more importantly, how one
approaches the question makes the process more engaging and applicable.
The experience I gained in research has definitely given life to
my biology courses. Not only have I familiarized myself with the
concepts, I have also developed good techniques. What has impressed
me most is the fact that research opens many doors to answer the
simplest question. For instance, after studying limb regeneration,
I have learned that regenerative cells can lead to human-health
implications such as the nervous system. Research requires active
involvement. It has and continues to paint a clearer picture for
the different concepts I've learned in my lecture classes. Even
while studying abroad in Sweden with biochemistry lectures in Swedish,
my research experience only strengthened my understanding in the
different biochemical and molecular techniques. Without the hands-on
interaction, I may have never passed my Swedish course.