Freshman year of college
This particular photo wasn’t taken today, in fact it wasn’t even taken this year. Today, however, I successfully defended my Honors Thesis, entitled “Binding analysis study of estrogenic compounds and humic acid using a STDD-NMR pulse sequence”! I have been working on this specific research project since the beginning of my sophomore year, when I began working on the grant to apply for additional funding through the Lumen Prize. The Lumen Prize is a competitive award given by Elon University to a maximum of fifteen sophomores, of any major other than engineering. One of the key reasons I came to Elon was due to their Honors Fellows program, specifically for the undergraduate research experience. Things have certainly changed in the past four years, but I am so happy to have realized one of the major goals I began planning four years ago. Two days ago I also orally presented my research at Elon’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum, the seventh conference I’ve presented at this year. A bit more reflection over my research experience can be found in that entry, here.