20 September 2009
This week in Independent Research, I focused mainly on finding contact information for my stem cell project. I found program directors at NIH, Johns Hopkins, and one scientist at Harvard named Douglas Melton who is completing research on organ regeneration, especially the pancreas, with stem cells. I plan on drafting some emails soon and getting them reviewed by Mr. Ashcraft and my Father. I also have done more research on internships available in the field of biosciences and stem cell research and found a program at Harvard that I might have a chance of getting accepted into. Other than that, I need to start gaining some background knowledge on stem cells in general so I don’t look like a complete idiot when I contact these scientists. Now, I have also found a science fair project that I believe will be appropriate (both difficulty and time wise) considering the circumstances with my project in IR. I will have to begin focusing on budgeting my time more effectively so I can get this stem cell project off the ground. This week we primarily focused on what defines scholarly research from having an actual problem to solve to having an audience in which you can present your findings to. I am starting to understand the basis of what this class is really about, I can’t wait to get started on my stem cell project.