Research has significantly
enhanced my critical thinking skills in addition to my knowledge
of chemistry. Aside from learning the basic skills required to
run different reactions, I came to realize that in a majority of
cases, theoretical certainties in a text are nothing more than
hypotheses. In the beginning, research can become very frustrating
when data do not correlate; however, through successive trials,
when the right data emerged, it was exhilarating. I came to realize
just how much thought and discipline goes into research, and I
admire those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of knowledge.
Being in research has given me a different insight into science,
and has shaped me into an independent thinker. No longer do I blindly
accept data presented in a textbook without an appreciation of
the tremendous work that was required to attain such results.