Importance Of Intermediate Science Research

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During my freshman year of high school I earned the opportunity to conduct Intermediate Science Research through a three-year college level course provided by the University of Albany, State University of New York. The program entailed that each student find an area to research that pertained to his/her interest. In order to find an area that would encapsulate my interests, I delved into about 70 scientific journal articles, each correlating to impairments of the central nervous system. Subsequent to reading the scientific literature, I contacted Ph.D. researchers from America, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Shangai, and Brazil and convened with them about my knowledge in their field while discussing the potential of future projects. After thoroughly …show more content…
I would spend time during the summer to administer the hypothesized therapy to the nematode model that was being researched and studied the results at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University. And during the school year I would travel nationally and internationally to represent my work, and network with other individuals who had the same goals as me, or were working professionally towards more abstract concepts. Through the whole process, not only was I able to find a therapy that would delay the onset and reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s disease in patients but I also gained more insight on how a nexus of professionals can amplify and develop one’s interpersonal skills such as leadership, professionalism, and service. I learnt the importance of trial and error, paying attention to minute details, and communicating within the research team in order to collaborate and foster the creation of innovative concepts and alternatives, that in the long term would help the …show more content…
The team placed value on my work regardless of the fact that I was a high schooler. As humbled as I was, I became convinced that I had the potential to one-day help the children I worked with at the Children’s Specialized Hospital and also the 26 million people worldwide that suffer from this neurodegenerative disorder. Through this opportunity, I was pushed to reflect on a contemplative level, not merely as a high schooler, but as someone whose experimentation had never been tested before and had the ability to alleviate a disease. The thought that my research had the potential to help people directly and restore their memory, joy and livelihood seemed surreal. Thus, I am interested in a career in the medical profession (neurosurgery) because it is the only science where I believe the fruits of one’s academic labor unfold right before his/her eyes. It is a science where, by saving the lives of the innovators of today and thinkers of tomorrow, you know your effort is actually shaping the future of

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