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[Intern] Brian Kong
Date: Aug 7, 2015

 My experiences here at the Center for Evolutionary Nanoparticles have been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my undergraduate career. The lab as a whole works with manipulation of nanoparticles and focuses on different bioapplications such as therapeutic drug delivery, cell stimulation, imaging, and efficient energy transfer. I was fortunate enough this summer to work with the imaging team on surface modification for applications in MRI. My mentor Soojin Kim was understanding, patient, and a pleasure to work with. She was a great teacher, and would have no problem explaining difficult procedures multiple times. She focused on the big picture and made sure I understood why I was doing these experiments rather than having me do rote work. I felt like I was always contributing to the work and never felt that the work I was doing was meaningless. I understood the reasoning for the experiments I did, and this motivated me to work even harder. I frequently conducted experiments independently to meet deadlines and that kind of freedom was refreshing. In addition to the great mentor I had, the lab environment was also fun and interesting. Everyone was comfortable with each other, and the lab set up allowed for constant interaction with other lab members. I became close with a lot of other graduate students, and they were always willing to help and even taught me new things when my mentor was conducting experiments on a different floor. They included me into a lot of the activities that they did both inside and outside of the lab, and I was exposed to many different things I would have otherwise never have been exposed to. I definitely recommend this lab to anyone considering it as the professor is a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, and also because these 3 months have produced some of my most memorable experiences during my stay in Korea.
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