When life?”, I find great solace in knowing

When faced with the daunting
question of “What do you want to do with your life?”, I find great solace in
knowing I will utilize my education to propel me towards my ultimate goal of
becoming a scientist. As a student in the college of science I made a decision
to participate in a FYRIS biology lab during the fall semester, it was in this
lab that my interest in becoming a research scientist developed. I found that my
interest in becoming a research scientist has stemmed from this lab as I have
had the opportunity to perform assays within a laboratory environment, read
scientific articles, and analyze information. I aim to make this interest
become an occupation as I plan to earn a PhD in biological sciences, and pursue
a career in a laboratory researching drug addiction. As a female pursuing an
education, and ultimately a career, in a STEM field I am aware that challenges
will arise, however, I find it is these trials that test capability and prepare
one for success. In order to improve and obtain a certain skill, like many
people, I challenge myself to achieve a set goal. After moving from California
to Texas following the divorce of my parents, I set the goal of achieving academic
excellence despite my home situation; on June 10, 2017, I met my goal as I
graduated in the top quarter of my high school class. Holding myself to high
academic standards, I have set a goal of participating in the BUILDing SCHOLARS
program as I find the value I place on my education can be advanced by this
traineeship. The BUILDing SCHOLARS traineeship would enhance the
education I currently receive at the University of Texas at El Paso by
providing an intellectually stimulating education in biomedicine. As my
schooling continues, given the opportunity to train in the program, an
increasing emphasis of scientific research will be placed on relative knowledge
discussed within the classroom. By providing an opportunity to obtain
first-hand experience of laboratory research a pathway is produced in order to
shape my studies towards research topics I want to pursue. By participating in
a hands-on involvement in research projects, BUILDing SCHOLARS will develop my
research design skills, guide me as to which research questions to ask, and
deciding which topics to work on. The traineeship will allow me to learn the
proper techniques so that I may properly function independently in a laboratory
environment, ultimately preparing me for graduate school.

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