A Look Back at the Summer

Now that the summer is over, I can start to evaluate the progress that I made on my research project over the summer.  First of all, I definitely did not get as much finished as I thought I would, but after talking to other researches that stayed for the summer, I don’t think I’m the only one.  Even though I didn’t do as much as I had hoped, this summer was definitely  a great experience and I feel like I learned so much.  It was nice to be able to focus solely on my research project for a couple of months, as compared to having to juggle it with my other classes during the school year.  The experience definitely gave me a new perspective on research in general.  I am starting to appreciate just how slow science can be.  Between doing the background research, finding procedures that work for your experiment, and getting a large sample size it can take a while.  But it’s definitely worth it!