13 September 2009
This week in Independent research, we learned about all the sources we can use to find information for our projects. I also got a new library card, considering the lost my old one, and borrowed some new books to read. I looked at the research sources the library has to offer and now realize that they will be immensely helpful when I am completing more in-depth research in the future. I also have had a change of mind about what I want to focus my project on. Upon reading an article in my popular science magazine on organ regeneration as a result of stem cell injection, I remembered all the other research I had read in the past on the topic. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this project topic first as I remember following the research being completed in the field quite thoroughly last year. I also took a look on the NIH (National Institute of Health) home page and found a link regarding summer internships. I am going to talk to Mr. Ashcraft next week about possibly contacting the program director and seeing if I can apply while I am still 15 (even though the minimum is 16). If I can apply this school year, then I could possibly find an advisor through there and spend the year catching up on the present level of research, so if and when I do get in, I can immediately get into the swing of things. Once again, the topic of organ regeneration and stem cells is now what I want to focus on, I can’t wait to get an advisor and start learning about what’s going on presently in the field. As a side note, coming from what Mr. Ashcraft continues to emphasize, “Frustration is good, but anxiety is bad”.