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Nicole Parchani

What is your Major?

Mechanical Engineering

Why MRADS?

Why not MRADS? MRADS provides opportunities that no other learning community provides. Besides being able to do real research as a freshman, you're given a home away from home. You are constantly surrounded by likeminded, driven people with interests in so many different fields that you develop a global perspective despite being in a small community. Plus, you get to live in Mojo! MRADS provides you with resources and connections across campus that really gives you a competitive edge over others. It helps ease your first year, and make the high school to college transition one that is smooth and less stressful.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

The research I did while a part of MRADS was a part of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. I worked in the Zhang Lab, which focused a lot on Computational Protein Design. I mostly was tasked with testing the accuracy of a beta program used by one of the post-doctoral candidates, my mentor, Jarrett Johnson. It was a really great experience as I got to develop my programing ability and work a great mentor. I was able to learn a lot more about organic chemistry and biology from an algorithmic perspective, which was pretty neat.

Natalie Maas

What is your Major?

Pyschology

Why MRADS?

Not only does MRADS give you the opportunity to do research as an underclassman, it also allows you to be part of a diverse and inclusive community made up of students from all backgrounds.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

My project last year was a social psychology project concerning perceptions of women in leadership positions. We looked at how people perceive female leaders’ experiences balancing work and family life, and what this means for women pursuing leadership positions.

Bhavin Gandhi

What is your Major?

Mechanical Engineering

Why MRADS?

MRADS is a more than just a research program. It is a community where you are accepted and welcomed for just being you. It is home to some of the most interesting people who you end up forming lifelong bonds with. While gaining experience in a field you're passionate in, you can truly call this place a home away from home.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

I worked on a project involving the signal regarding of weakly electric fish and this year I am creating a robotic hand that automates labs equipment processes in the nuclear engineering department.