Reflective Essay (Course 4997)

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Reflective Essay (Course 4997)

  1. 1. Eduardo E. Rivera Cintrón Reflective EssayThe main objective of this semester was to learn various lab techniques that wouldhelp us as students and as future researchers. Throughout the semester variousprofessors came and gave us workshops. Each workshop was about different topics.These workshops gave us the opportunity to apply the lessons and techniqueslearned and work various assignments. As students who plan to do research in andoff the island we got the opportunity to have a research experience for a little periodof time. We were assigned with mentors, which each of them had different topics,and conducted our own research. Also we had the opportunity to attend differentseminars, which enrich our knowledge in the given field of study.During the course of the semester as I attended the seminars I got to learn about thetopics of cancer, pulmonary hypertension, polymer drugs and tRNA levels, andneuroscience. The experience of writing summaries of each seminar not only helpedme in my grammar and composition but also the scientific terms. A speaker in one ofthe seminars spoke about possible solutions of treatment for skin cancer by usinganti-cancer activities of recombinant disintegrins based on research done in his lab.Also, I learnedabout the association between pulmonary hypertension and HIVinfection that is know in patients who posses a NEF gene. However, in the seminarsweren’t the only place where I learned also as I mentioned before in the class wehad various workshops to enrich our scientific knowledge.The workshops consisted on brief introductions to the topic and later application ofwhat learned in the introduction. I also got the opportunity to not only learn newtechniques but also improve in the techniques already learned in previoussemesters. Some of these techniques were, PCR, electrophoresis, columnchromatography, and others. However, techniques weren’t the only thing learnedbecause we also got to learn how to use computer programs like Q Capture,programs for creating and binding programs and excel. Throughout the course ofthe semester I also got the opportunity to have research experience with a mentorwho was assigned by the professor.As final task in the semester I got the opportunity to have my own researchexperience with a partner and mentor. These experiences open my mind as astudent and also showed me the environment in which a researcher works in. Thisresearch experience also showed me the time you have to dedicate to get the bestresults. In overall this opportunity showed me the importance of investigation.All of these experiences, seminars and workshops helped me be a better student,especially in the scientific area. Uniting these activities gives me the necessaryinstruments to be able to do research in and off the island. More ever the values,commitment, and hard work are shown in our tasks as students. Although scientificterms weren’t the only area of focus, also throughout the year I learned theimportance of being perseverant, being focus, committed, work as a team, and manyother values are also shown. These values in my point of view are the mostimportant because this will not only help me in the lab but also in personal andacademic life.

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