Monthly Archives: November 2010

Staying Afloat

The first quarter of my Junior year has been the craziest yet. Not necessarily the difficulty of course load and work, but dealing with life in general while simultaneously thinking about my research and being occupied with work and staying

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars


I’m frustrated with myself because I want to know exactly what my research question is but I am so interested in so many areas and issues dealing with education that I don’t know how to narrow it down! I am

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

Fall Research Part II

Although my attempts at making a self-programmable RNA cubic structure did not work out as planned despite running several polyaccrylimide gel electrophoresis experiments, I have moved on to working on a project that stems from the same motifs I was

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

My Research in Oxford

I did my research in Oxford, UK during the summer of 2010 through the CISEI program in Materials Department in UCSB. When I was applying for this program, I chose Oxford because their materials department has a Microscopy and Microanalysis Group

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Generating Errors and Not Talking to the Microbes

At the height of my frustration earlier this week I would have been happy to tell you that computers in general and one program in particular are demonically possessed and out to drive my blood pressure through the roof. However,

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

DNA Transportation

It’s already the 8th week of the quarter! O.o So research… I attended the COMSOL Workshop last week and that was pretty helpful in regards to learning the new software. The new version of COMSOL seems a lot more user

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA


There comes a time in every researchers life when something explodes. That time came for me last week in the worst possible situation. My game plan was to pop into the lab, mix a few chemicals, and get out before

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA
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