Since June 21, high school students from throughout central Ohio have been working at The Research Institute as part of a new Summer Scientist Internship Program. Pulled from their school’s science class and entered into a real world of research, is it at all what they expected?
“I certainly did not expect to be using a lot of the equipment that I’m using or that I’d be working with things that I’d only hear or read about. Working with DNA and making a mutant of an operon was not what I expected when I read about the lab I was placed in. The best part about the people in my lab is that they treat each other like family. I didn’t expect to be waiting, a lot. There’s a lot of downtime that is spent reading papers and working on a lab notebook.” – Carmen Casillas, Mason Lab, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
“Being in this Summer Scientist program has helped me really understand what research really is. I learned so much about different amino acids and how to make a Trp-. I didn’t know what researchers really did, but now that I know I find it very interesting and more involved. In some way, we all have something in common.” – Quintara Drafton, Yang Lab, Center for Molecular and Human Genetics
“I have learned so much, like the importance of informed consent, alloquoting, and how to safely package human specimens. Everyone on the floor is extremely nice and takes pride in their work. It feels great to be a part of such a hardworking, friendly group. I almost feel as if I am a real researcher.” – Zoe Hussey, Clinical Research Services, Center for Clinical and Translational Research
“The most interesting thing I have seen so far is harvesting microphages from the lab mice and learning how to stain the cells we collected. I am excited to start my own experiments.” – Morgan Johnson-Brown, Partida-Sanchez Lab, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis