It has only been a week of summer work and so far I have put in more hours in the lab than I would normally in a month during the school year. I absolutely love it. Spending my time actually working and practicing science as been so much more fun, rewarding, and educational than some of my classes! I am still taking one class over summer, but a lot of my efforts have been focused on my two research projects. I am still working on the DNA nanotube project from last year. Finally, after starting this project in February, I have finally got it to work! I won’t go into details but the actual procedure is quite easy, but just one or two degrees off can mess up the whole thing. Turns out we were more like 10-15 degrees off when we were last working on the project. My second project I am really excited about. It is a huge project involving UMass, MIT, and UCSB. We are trying to create a liposome that presents glycans which can bind to influenza virus and competitively inhibit the virus from infecting real cells. This is super exciting. Currently, I am figuring out at what ratio liposomes to virus we can accurately measure the size of the virus. Besides that, I am taking an English class which is a refreshing change from all my science classes. I am also attempting to read all three Lord of the Rings books which is turning out to be a bigger task than I had anticipated.