And what’s not to like? I get to see friends again and I get to immerse myself in science topics I would not otherwise look into deeply.
It was also an opportunity to meet some incredible students. I’m always fascinated to hear the stories what led them to their research:
- In one case, it was a students fascination withBioluminescence that led him to pursue optogenetics and find a mentor at Yale University
- In another, it was a group of students answering a STEM challenge set forth by Sikorsky Aircraft
- One student wanted to pursue forensics, but didn’t like blood and gore so she thought pursuing document forensics was more her suit
- Another, it was the pursuit of the basic mechanisms that cause cancer
- And yet another the research was the end point of three years in understanding the mechanisms of gene expression.
My hats of to these student, their teachers, mentors, and parents. The pursuit of science, in all of these cases at a college or even post-graduate level, meant that these students had been lead to understand the value of understanding complex systems, communication and cooperation with others, and hard work.
I am wondering which will be a Nobel laureate.