Final Summary

This past summer has been an incredible experience. Not only did I create a database and learn about the vital role Asian American WWII veterans played in our military, I learned about the deportation of veterans. I was given the opportunity to explore a new area in research and asses our nation’s perception and treatment of immigrants. I learned about the impact expanding the definition of “aggravated felonies” has had on immigrants and the complexities and confusion around military naturalization. My interests are in the social sciences but am glad that I got to approach my research from a legal perspective.

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Fun with Phage (and TEM)

This coming week I plan to use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to look for bacteria cells visibly infected by phage in biofilms I collect from the Crim Dell Stream on campus. This is exciting to me because I’ve always wanted to use the electron microscope and now I have a reason to!

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Next Step: Titanium Dioxide

During my last week of research, I started a new phase of my project. After completing the study of the electron transfer dynamics of the dye Rhodamine 560 on glass, I moved on to studying the behavior of this dye on titanium dioxide. While we can learn a lot from the studies of R560 on glass especially when we compare it to other rhodamine dyes on glass, that entire phase of experimentation was just a control for comparison with the results on titanium dioxide. In actual dye-sensitized solar cells, the application of this research, titanium dioxide or some other semiconductor is necessary for the generation of electricity.

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