Research enhances what I learn in the classroom,
and vice versa. Many of the concepts covered in my biology courses
apply to my laboratory work, and, as a result of my research experience,
I have a better understanding of these concepts and think about
them from a more critical or practical standpoint. Research has
also provided me with the opportunity to interact one-on-one with
faculty and gain insight on the research process. As a result of
the knowledge and critical thinking I gained from research, I was
able to win the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in my sophomore year.
Finally, I have grown to appreciate how rewarding yet challenging
research is, and I have been inspired to pursue a research career.