What does research mean to you?
Researching was and is important for me because regardless of the field of I enter, there is always more investigative work that needs to be done; finding causes, preventions, and new treatments. I have always been unsatisfied by doing nothing - simply bystanding - and actively researching gives me a purpose to work towards. Lab at UTSW began early in the morning, ordinarily a slow time of day for me. Yet, the more involved I became, the more excited I became about coming in each day and setting up experiments and analyzing results. Research integrated me into a close-knit team who were all ardent about their work. We worked together and learned from each other. The opportunity to research allowed me to become deeply invested in a project I could learn about in depth and contribute within my field.