Summer at Stanford

Summer at Stanford

Hello from California!

This summer I am conducting research with the Seung Kim Lab at the Stanford Medical School. You may remember my post from a while back about all the fly work I’ve been doing (who could forget that lovely picture?). This summer I was able to continue that work with a few classmates in the lab where it all started.

This has really been an amazing experience. Not only have I had the chance to learn about fruit flies and Diabetes, the focus of our lab, but I’ve also been able to get the feel of what a career in the science might be like. My lab was really good about making even the high school interns feel like a part of the whole process.

First thing I’ve learned is you work hard and for long hours, but you don’t mind. We worked close to fifty hours a week, but in every one of those hours we had Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blasting, a constant supply of gummi bears, and lot of laughs.

The second thing that I learned is that science requires patience. The cure for diabetes does not come through a few months work, or even a few years. Even the small things, like sequencing different genetic insertions in our flies took three times as long as we expected, but that didn’t make the job any less rewarding.

Well, I best return to every senior’s best friend: the Common App, but I hope that you’re all having an amazing summer!


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About Elle at Phillips Exeter

My name is Elle, and I am a senior day student at Phillips Exeter and have been here since my prep (9th grade) year. I grew up in the near-by town of Rye Beach, New Hampshire and went to a small public middle school there. Once I came to Exeter, I came to love the Harkness style of teaching, especially in math and the sciences. Although I am at here mostly for academics (athletics were never my strong suit!) I’m involved in a variety of activities other than putting my nose to the books. I really love the outdoors and try to spend as much time as I can hiking, kayaking, or just exploring the wilderness over breaks. As a day student, I am able to continue horseback riding from my middle school days, but I’ve found several new activities that I love too! I picked up squash my prep year and played on the varsity team this year, it is such a fun sport! I also really enjoy attending Economics Club, Investment Club, Republican Club, and Biology Club. I live at home with my mother, father, sister (a lower at Exeter this year), and my Bernese Mountain Dog, Fischer. A few pieces of trivia about me- my favorite restaurant in town would have to Green Bean, their soup is so good! My favorite assembly at Exeter would have to be pep assembly because it's great when the whole school unites against the smurfs (Andover). I’ve found a home away from home here at Exeter, though, and hope you love it as much as I do!