Welcome to Science Research, Sophomores!

By Drew Siskin

First-quarter maybe going by in a breeze, however, we must take time to acknowledge the new members of the Science Research community: the sophomores. As difficult as the journey is for our new members, they seem to be enjoying the course. So far, the sophomores have chosen new and diverse topics, from tropical diseases to allergies. Yes, many sophomores acknowledge how much work Science Research will be. However, watching older research peers accomplish amazing things gives the sophomores the motivation that all their work will be worth it.

In the words of Ari Tabankin: “Science Research has enabled me to focus on a specific topic that I’m interested in that I normally would not be able to study”. In our discussion with each other, I immediately noticed how much passion she has in her topic and her curiosity in a complex field is awe-inspiring. 

All the sophomores that I interviewed agreed on how much they love their diverse topics. Additionally, these new members of Science Research have shed light on the true workload of the course. As Sam Hadiono said recently: “it is very apparent how terrified us sophomores are. The workload is a ton but everything we learn is useful”. Personally, as a junior, I understand this feeling of being overwhelmed at the beginning of your Science Research career. It is very difficult to understand journal articles written by professionals, select a topic that is meaningful to you, and learn how to manage your time. However, the sense of accomplishment that one can feel is well worth the pain.

The sophomores are grateful for the skills already learned in this exquisite program. They look at their work as a step in the right direction rather than work one “just gets done”. As Hayden Weiss stated: “Science Research is lots of work and people may brush it off, but the skills learned already only a month in are very useful. It is really one of those classes that will benefit my peers and me in the future.”

From hours of note-taking and reading to creating PowerPoints and papers, Science Research is an uphill battle. However, it is an incredibly rewarding experience that I am personally grateful to have embarked on. From the perspectives of the sophomores I interviewed, all three seem to feel similar to me. On behalf of the Science Research community, welcome to your journeys’ sophomores!