I have been involved in undergraduate research since my freshman year, and, since then, it has been a fantastic roller coaster ride of learning and excitement. Working in the lab has allowed me to learn many different scientific procedures as well as to be trained on sophisticated equipment such as the multi-million dollar scanning electron microscope. By my third year, I was even a published first author in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! (That is not something very many undergraduates can say – no matter which school they attend!) However, in addition to just learning about pure science, I have also gotten to broaden my personal network. I have met different people of all ages from all over the world through both working in the lab I work in now as well as attending multiple conferences and poster presentations, many of which the Office of Undergraduate Research graciously funded me to attend. By meeting so many different people, I have expanded more than my scientific knowledge – but also my cultural knowledge!
-Amanda Pentecost, ’14
I initially came to Drexel knowing that I liked the sciences, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. After I went into research and giving it a year, I realized that this was the thing for me. Through undergraduate research, I am able to apply what I have learned in the classroom to practice. Not only that, it broadened my network of people. Most importantly, I have support from not only the members in my lab, but also graduate students. The most unique aspect about undergraduate research at Drexel University is the strength of the network you build among your peers, graduate students, and faculty. After speaking to graduate students and faculty from both the medical school and graduate school, I've come to the conclusion that I want to pursue the dual degree, MD/PhD. Through their guidance, I don't think I would have committed myself to this goal without research.
-Brian Leung, ‘11
I consider myself to be extremely lucky for getting an opportunity to participate in undergraduate research at Drexel. I learned so much more by actually doing my own research. I used the information I gained in class to explain the results that I got in the lab, which takes education to a whole new level. Research taught me that just because something is supposed to work out in theory does not mean that it will actually happen. As a matter of fact, things do not work out most of the time, which can be very frustrating; however if something does work and I synthesize a complex that I was working on for a month then the feelings I get, which range from accomplishment and pride to pure happiness, are just impossible to describe.
Being a part of Dr. Addison’s research group was one of the best things that Drexel made happen. Undergraduate research provided me with a chance to work closely with a professor and graduate students, which gave me a better idea of graduate school requirements. Now I know that I want to go to graduate school and earn my PhD in chemistry, and undergraduate research at Drexel is what helped me to make that decision.
-Ivona Sasimovich, ‘13
As a participant in [NCUR 2011], I was very impressed with the degree of research performed by undergraduate students in a variety of fields. Although most of my own research is in electrical engineering, I was inspired by some of the projects I saw in other engineering disciplines, as well as those in biology, chemistry, education, and business. Additionally, the plenary speakers and access to information about graduate schools were two other opportunities that I enjoyed during my time at NCUR. Overall, the conference was both a fun and eye-opening experience that I would love to participate in again.
-Magda Bielinski, ‘11
First off, conferences are usually always great. [NCUR 2011] was especially fun because I had a fantastic look into the level and quality of research and accomplishment of students around the US of my age. It is an inspiring thing. Also, as a business student, removed from the Bio and Chem labs, it is really fun to meet the other students from Drexel who are involved in similar things as myself.
-Joshua Robbins, ‘13