What years did you participate in UROP?

2004-2005, but stayed in the research lab through 2006

What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?

UROP in Residence (now MRADS)

What made you choose UROP?

I knew I wanted to do research, living with people with similar interests...just made sense to me!

What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?

I think I learned how to start from the ground up in research, be humble (my first advisor said "everyone starts as a beaker washer", he meant it literally) and work at getting new technology under your feet. That's something I've continued.

What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?

I haven't actually.

How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?

It helped me decide to go to grad school to get my PhD in ChemE. I got a good chance to talk to people who were already grad students about what it was like and see a lab for myself.

What advice would you give to a current UROP student?

Use the grad students as resources. They have been where you are. Also, be bold and try something crazy...it's a good chance to.

What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?

I have recently had a patent grant that I'm happy about in paper coatings. I also won a best presentation award at a conference not too long ago.

Is there any other advice you would like to impart to current or future UROP students?

Ask questions - it helps!