Usually on Thanksgiving, my family, friends, and I all sit at a table, go around, and say what we are truly thankful for. This Thanksgiving, I had to think hard and long about what I was thankful to have this year. Food on the table? A roof over my head? Family and friends that have been there for me in my time of need? Or even University of Maryland’s basketball team’s win against Iowa State this past Tuesday? I am thankful for having all these wonderful things this past year but specifically for this year there was one thing that really stuck out: having opportunities.
What I am really thankful for is having the many opportunities that are available to me now. I am more than halfway towards achieving my bachelor’s degree- something not everyone is given the opportunity to have. One recent opportunity I was able to have was to attend USG’s sixth annual Biomedical Sciences Day as a researcher and presenter. It was an amazing experience because I was given a platform where I could tell everyone about the research I was doing and I could network with experienced people in my field as well.
For those who were not able to attend Biomedical Sciences Day and have not heard about it, it is a day where people at USG that are involved in research can present their work in poster format to the USG community. Presenters are given about one hour to talk about their research to all the different people that came in to the multipurpose room in building II to check it out.
The biology program posters were actually judged and there was a winner (sadly I did not win- but I will be back next year!). The judges were my cell biology lab professor and my virology professor. It was pretty scary at first, but I was happy to be able to share with them what I was doing outside of class. Also, they asked lots of questions and I was happy to gain all their insight on my work
The program consisted of a panel of past poster session students who have graduated and Robert C. Walker, Jr., Ph.D., Chief, Career Development and Outreach Branch, National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health. After the poster session, the panel answered many questions that came from the audience. I even got a shout out for my poster about STAT proteins from Dr. Walker! The program ended with a reception with some delicious food.
As a person involved with research, BSD was an incredible opportunity to be able to share my work and I hope that many other researchers are able to take this opportunity in the future as well.