For most people, summer is for soaking up the sun and getting a break from reality. But for science lovers, it is the best time to innovate and start something new! Summer research projects have started and students are hungry for new experiences. The National Research Mentoring Network was able to sit down with current BUILD students to get a better insight on their summer research and see how they are managing their projects.
CSULB BUILD student and rising junior, Emma Rosas, started her summer research project at the beginning of June and is motivated more than ever. Rosas is focusing her research on health seeking behaviors among children of immigrant families. Rosas believes mental health for Latino immigrants isn’t well managed in today’s society. With her research, not only is she giving back to her community, she is able to uncover and help the Latino population with their mental health needs. As far as managing her project, Rosas utilizes a planner to keep up with deadlines and will talk to her mentor whenever she needs guidance. During her summer research process, Rosas has learned that comparison is the thief of joy. She needed to quit comparing herself to others and be proud of what she has accomplished so far. For anyone wanting to start a summer research project, Rosas says students should stay true to their values and just go for it!
reBUILDetroit student and upcoming senior, Ryan Wingfield, is inspired by public health and ready to make an impact. Wingfield is focusing his summer research project on vaccine hesitancy. Wingfield is excited to have been given this opportunity and to work alongside Dr. Christine Joseph, Associate Scientist in Public Health Services at Wayne State University. What Wingfield finds unique about his research project is him not being able to find too much information related to COVID vaccine hesitancy and he’s able to work on something that hasn’t been done yet. When it comes to managing his research, Wingfield finds it easy to keep organized. Wingfield always makes sure he is communicating with his peers and utilizes his lab resources to maintain his workload. When starting his research, Wingfield found it a bit challenging, not only transitioning from a virtual to in-person environment, but also, learning new formats and working with a new set of peers. Since overcoming those challenges, Wingfield is understanding all the windows of vaccine hesitancy and has learned some major lessons from his experience so far. He has learned that research takes time and things might not always go the way you expect. Wingfield also has learned to be patient with research and don’t be afraid to ask for help. When ending our conversation, Wingfield shared some tips for other students in his field. He says to take advantage of your opportunities, research something you’re passionate about and interact with your peers.
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