I decided a long time ago that I would continue my education beyond college.I'm currently enrolled with the IBS graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
I want to enhance my training and become a teaching, researching, and presenting scientist.
This program encourages an exchange of ideas across
scientific disciplines and university departments, which invigorates my
collaborative spirit! As I advance in my scientific training, I'm starting to think more about what collaboration might mean in my own pursuits and how it's being worked out around me by the professors I work with. This program and the idea of collaboration backs the
scientific trends I believe we're moving toward and the scientific philosophy I've become so endeared to.
Collaboration, in my
view, is a mine of innovation, and it's incredible to
think that some of my ideas could contribute to humanity's scientific
UAB is the largest employer of Birmingham, Alabama,
where I live now, and actually employs over half the city's workforce. It's the largest city I've ever been a part of! I moved here partly because that's exactly what I wanted to experience, as well as the chance to live in a different state than where I've always lived. North Carolina is beautiful and a gracious state to live in, but I didn't want to apply to any schools in that state because I thought it was time for me to branch out. In fact, I
hope to travel a lot during my graduate career, giving
presentations and lectures at every opportunity. I think it's necessary for me as
a scientist and as world citizen to look for opportunities to travel and work abroad. I'll keep you posted on that front.
I look forward to contributing all I can to the work at UAB, and I'm grateful for the chance to be trained as world-class scientist. Thanks, UAB!