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UAlbany C/STEP Students
Attend Camp at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Summer 2013, Brookhaven National
UAlbany C/STEP students attended a Summer Camp at Brookhaven
National Laboratory. Here are some of their reflections on
their experiences over the summer:
STEP Student - Manuel A. Santiago: My mom
told me of an opportunity that the Science Technology Entry
Program (STEP) at SUNY Albany had. It was a camp, through
STEP, at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) at Stony Brook
University and I got very excited. When she asked if I wanted
to go, I told her definitely. Now that I look back on the
experience I had, I know it wasn’t a mistake. It provided
me with hands on experience in the STEM field and provided
me with my first opportunity of College life.
The first day I was welcomed very nicely by a lady and at
that point I knew it was going to be a great week. She then
brought me to Whitman College. This is where we would be sleeping.
The first day was more of an introduction to Stony Brook and
the program. The counselors gave us a tour of the University,
it is big.
The second day was the first day of hands on activities.
They took us to BNL for our activities. In the morning we
used e-coli and the GFP gene and did a DNA change. We gave
e-coli the GFP gene and a couple of days later, when you put
a UV ray on it, it would go green. We also took a tour of
the BNL garden; they do many experiments with plants. We then
took a tour of the green house at Stony Brook.
third day we did some DNA extraction and a LED experiment
where we wired a light. When we extracted the DNA it looked
like mucus that comes out of your nose but it was so cool.
When we built the light we wired it so it could work only
when it was dark. When you put light on it, it would turn
off. Later that night we went star gazing. This was fun but
we didn’t find any consolations.
The fourth and last day we had a nice ceremony. I was sad
that we had to leave because I realized my interest in the
STEM field had grown and I just wanted to continue learning
and experimenting. I hope to be invited back to BNL.
Student - Rich Houanche: My summer experience at
Brookhaven national Laboratory was incredible. It was the
second National Laboratory that I have been toand I was even
more impressed with Brookhaven's facilities. It is amazing
how many interns are brought onto site to do research, and
brought together in organized and creative events. I did research
on a topic that I had no background in but my overseer, Rick
Wilke, was able to explain everything to me as well as websites,
and papers that I could read for background information. I
was able to see firsthand how a group of over 100 scientist
and interns can perform a study as a team. I was also able
to establish networking connections with scientists within
my field, which was great because I could see myself working
there in the future or doing graduate research. Research experiences
where students are brought together from all over the nation
is also something that I appreciate because they help you
to see things from different perspectives and you create friendships
that last forever. I really cannot express how grateful I
am to have been at Brookhaven over this past summer, I know
that I would have not been anywhere near as happy if I were
some place else.
Source: UAlbany C/STEP