Amber Bosin

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?
In my dance research I worked with Donald McKayle in the Dept. of Dance (Modern). In my medical research I worked with Dr Magaret Keller at Harbor UCLA Med. Center through the Ped AIDS Foundation grant and Dr. Paul Hyman, a ped gastrointestinal specialist at CHOC.
2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

The medical research positions were harder to find because I was very specific in what I wanted. I really wanted to work directly with the patients and at the same time get valuable experience in research techniques. I found the Ped AIDS Found. grant through the UROP office and I found Dr. Hyman by contacting various physicians in the schedule of classes for the med school and asking people I had volunteered at the hospital with. For my research in dance, I had to audition for the Etude Ensemble. It is an annual audition for advanced undergraduate modern dancers at UCI. I had also spent the previous year in technique class with Mr. McKayle.

3. How has research enhanced you education?

I think research is absolutely essential to a student of any major! The experience I gained in medicine has made my biology classes more interesting and more applicable to real life experiences. I also have personal relationships with well respected faculty throughout S. California. These are the people who I ask about their experiences in medicine and techniques for preparing grants, scholarships, and applications. These experiences also have given me a more solid ground to base my future schooling or career decisions. Similarly, my research in dance studying, performing and teaching the choreographic works of Mr. McKayle has made me a more well rounded dancer. I feel like my dance education goes well beyond technique and steps. I have a better understanding of the professional world of dance through my experiences with the Etude Ensemble. I have also been exposed to many other forms, styles, teaching techniques, and performance repertory of modern and ethnic dance through the traveling that I have done with the Ensemble.

4. What has been you favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

The best part of my medical research was the direct interaction I was able to get with the children. Having the chance to see happy faces and free spirits due to the time and energy that I gave to my position in working with the children is very rewarding. I will remember most from both experiences in medicine the sincere and sometimes teary eyed thank you's that I would receive from the children's parents when they would see their children feeling comfortable and safe again. The most rewarding experience in my dance research was attending the International Black Dance Conference in Durham, NC. As an Ensemble were invited to perform in the professional showcase during our stay. It is truly amazing to see how many people throughout the world love, respect and admire Donald McKayle. We are very lucky to work with him everyday!

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

I have not decided what direction I will pursue after graduation. I will be traveling to Spain during the year after graduation and may try to dance while practicing my language skills. I am interested in Pediatric Medicine and may attend medical school or work toward my Master's in ChildLife Therapy after returning from abroad.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

My biggest advice to students interested in research is to look for WHAT YOU WANT! I did not settle for a medical research position in a lab or office because I knew that I wanted to work directly with children. It may take some extra work, courage, and persistence but it will pay off in the future because you will enjoy your research much more. Also, UROP is a great resource for students of any major. If they don't have what you are looking for, they will do their best to help you find it. They will also help you promote, present and even publish your work once you are done, so KEEP IN TOUCH!

Past Researchers of the Month

Dec. '98 Kirk Pak
Nov. '98 Priya Shah
Oct. '98 Daniel Aldana
Sep. '98 Robert Elkins
Aug. '98 Amber Bosin
Jul. '98 Joe Ma
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