KRISH - RESEARCH, RESEARCH, AND MORE RESEARCH
Wow, can you guys believe it? It’s been two months since the summer 3M mentorship first started! Time really does fly; especially when you get to work with professional scientists like my mentor, Dr. Sahni, and other medicinal chemists, drug delivery experts, and chemical printing specialists. This project has come to a place that I could not have nearly imagined if it weren’t for the 3M summer mentorship.
This is my fourth blog post and I’d like to touch upon a major part of any science project in general- and that is research. To be honest, this is where it all started. Without any background research, there is absolutely no way I would have been able to make it this far in terms of the project’s progress.
While I am indeed a young scientist, I had multiple thoughts during the research phase of my project. I’ll admit, after doing hours of research and finding very little useful information that actually pertains to my project, I did get very frustrated here and there. That’s the thing- you can’t research a topic for ten minutes and expect to find an answer or solution. I can be an impatient person so definitely the hardest part about gathering information for me was when it took hours to find useful facts.
If there’s one thing I learned the past few months, it’s that you cannot solve a problem without researching it. When you research a problem, you obviously have a better understanding of what you are dealing with, but you also have a decent idea of what you must specifically tackle. This is essential when investigating for a solution.
The amount of research necessary for a project is completely dependent on the extent of how complex the project is. For my project, I had to do quite a lot of research before I could actually move onto the experimental phase. It’s also very likely that all the other finalists also had to do a lot of research as well. By gathering a lot of information before going into the testing phase, it enables you to be more confident as to whether your idea will be successful or not, and also what certain results you are looking for in the experiment.
My project deals with a cure to Huntington’s disease. Hence, some of the components I had to research were the exact cause of Huntington’s disease, the current capabilities and functions of the drug, and the potential roles and applications the drug could possibly play on the exact cause of Huntington’s disease.
My fellow researchers- remember that while in the beginning, doing some research might seem torturous for various reasons, but just like anything, once you put in hard work and dedication, you will definitely get somewhere and have made substantial progress.
That’s all from me!
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