In addition, though my work with the Civic Engagement program, I was interviewed and accepted to be a part of the Teach for America Organization to work as a Biology instructor. The qualifications to be accepted into the corps require a demonstration of going above and beyond educating students, especially within a particular field of study. In my case, the officials at Teach for America thoroughly processed all the information on my transcripts, recommendations, and on preliminary examinations taken and concluded that I demonstrated the qualities need to properly and with great enthusiasm teach biology in 7-12 graders for their program. In addition to this recent honor of being welcome as a Biology educator for Teach for America, I have also been in contact with my high school, Reading High School, encouraging younger students to take more of an interest in the STEM programs, specifically Biology. In particular, I provide advice on the strengths and opportunities available in pursuing a Biology Major. In conclusion, through my position as a civic engagement coordinator, I have been able to incorporate more programs that focus on Biology and STEM fields and become an advocate/resource for students wishing to pursue Biology or may have questions on the logistics of studying
Upon starting my freshman year in high school, I had been in honors Biology, and it quickly became my least favorite subject. Biology was something I couldn’t understand, no matter how much
Among the organizations and clubs at Joliet Junior College, the Natural Sciences Club and JJC's Honors Program are the ones that I am involved in. For the Natural Sciences Club, I participate by attending meetings and going on scientific field trips with the club. My participation with JJC's Honors Program is mostly through attending the program's forums. Outside of school, I help out at my local Assemblies of God church in Joliet. Currently, I am volunteering as an assistant choreographer to a dance crew from Joliet First Assembly's youth group.
I am writing today to express my interest and qualifications for New York State Science Honor Society. I feel that my personal background makes me uniquely qualified for such a prestigious program. I am very excited to, hopefully, bring my special set of skills to this outstanding program.
Not many problems are black and white as they are in engineering. The determination of right and wrong is relative. Something that seems beneficial from one side may not seem so on the other. In order to reconcile such differences that pop up in the work world and in everyday life, interdisciplinary study can be a solution.
I founded Beta Psi Omega, the nation’s first co-ed professional biology fraternity, to address the specific professional needs of non pre-medical students and provide a support system for emerging scientists. My passion for the organization and belief in the grassroots mission of providing support to future scientists has fueled my continued involvement. Driven by my passion to teach and mentor young minds, I created a STEM curriculum for the Beyond These Walls mentorship program in Title I elementary schools. To gain experience in engaging the general population in ethical and psychosocial questions surrounding genomics, I facilitated the exhibit Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. My advocacy and counseling skills were developed through working with the homeless and disadvantaged populations with Health Leads. Recently, I have tutored four girls in middle school math and science, which has furthered my abilities to adjust my information sharing style to reach their academic
While I am focused on a career in science, I want to utilize the Stony Brook University Honors college to strengthen my current skills and expand my knowledge to create new perspectives. An interdisciplinary education will help me develop a comprehensive understanding of important issues as well as break down
The Integrated Sciences program is vital in broadening my scope of knowledge to pursue a career in public health. In so doing, it would further my progress in applying to a graduate school for occupational and environmental hygiene at either the University of British Columbia or at the University of
During my 2012-2013 school year, I was enrolled as an eighth grader in Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s academic center. Being in the academic center meant that you would be offered some high school leveled classes in a high school setting as you completed your last years of elementary school. One of these classes, I like to refer to as the struggle, was biology.
Since its establishing, the University of Kansas has exemplified the goals and determination of the abolitionists who settled on the bend of the Kaw River in August 1854. Their first objective was to guarantee that the new Kansas Territory entered the union as a free state. Another was to set up a college.
I was drawn to engineering by the potential for creativity and an enjoyment of the pursuit of knowledge in science. This course of study did not come easy to me though, and as I worked further through my major, I realized that the rewards for my efforts were not as fulfilling as I once thought they would be. To me, engineering lacks the interpersonal relationships, the person to person interactions, that are prevalent throughout medicine. I want to make a difference in people’s lives first hand, and pass on the same hope that was given to me. Determined to finish what I had started, I obtained my engineering degree and turned my focus toward continuing education in pre-medical science. The values and lessons that I learned as an engineering student have built a solid problem-solving foundation on which I can excel as a medical student and professional. As engineering students, we analyzed mechanical and chemical systems and used our knowledge of the physical characteristics and forces of these systems to predict and prevent potential failures. If a failure was unable to be prevented, a failure analysis would be conducted using a bottom-up approach to compile all the data and determine a cause. These practices are congruent with those in the medical field. At their basis, biological systems are a product of physical and chemical phenomena. As a continuing education student
If I were to conclude my education after finishing secondary school, there would not be many fruitful paths ahead of me. Without pursuing further education in post-secondary programs, life would be prolific with simplicity; there are those who advocate the concept of simplicity over challenge, but in a life
The first day of the Scientific Process /Biol Discov was a nerve-racking experience because this course was to determine whether I would enjoy being a science major or the goals that I set for myself was irrelevant. Entering the class that could alter my career goal gave me anxiety, but
As I completed CS50, Biology is a rapidly changing field, and Cornell recognizes this by exposing students to the latest information. The biology department’s weekly speaker seminars would introduce me to leaders in the field and give me an idea of the latest biological advances. Furthermore, because Cornell adds new courses yearly, its curriculum keeps pace with the field’s rapid changes. Specifically in computational biology, I look forward to taking courses such as BTRY 4840 - Computational Genetics and Genomics that would bridge my knowledge in programming and in biology. The fact that Cornell allows students to conduct research outside of their home department means I would be able to freely discuss my work with faculty from both the computer science and biology departments. In doing so, I would gain greater insights into how the two fields can be used
My interest in biology was evident from a young age, as some of my favorite memories are from time spent at the Discovery Place, interacting with the displays of animals and plants. In middle school, I qualified to attend a Duke TIP Summer Studies Course focused on biochemistry. As a part of the three-week course, I was introduced to lab techniques for the first time at Davidson College. I chose DNA cloning as my final project for the course and explored various contemporary cloning methods. At NCSSM, I have participated in many new opportunities that fuel my interest. This past trimester I took a molecular genetics course, which provided me with a strong understanding of DNA and the processes involving protein-synthesis. The labs we performed