美国高中生眼中的浙江大学|这里是梦开始的地方!

原标题:美国高中生眼中的浙江大学|这里是梦开始的地方!

fresh summer

Hi everyone, I am Samantha Wang, and you can call me Sam. I was born in Jiangxi, China, and currently I am a sophomore at a high school near Boston in the US. I found myself really passionate about science, cooking, literature, and sports. At school, I actively participate in community service, student government, and clubs; I also enjoy playing different sports, such as cross-country, wrestling, and crew. In my leisure, I’d like to write down journals and share them on my Wechat media (follow my account “FoodMemo” if you’d like to know more, or you can scan the QR code below). A fun fact about me is that my interest in biology begins with my love for food and human. As I want to explore my interest in biology, I am so excited about working as an intern at Prof. Fudi Wang’s lab this summer!

Prof. Wang’s Lab: A Place Where My Science Dream Begin

Dear Professor Fudi Wang, Professor Junxia Min, and Lab mates,

Time flies so fast, and I already miss working with you all in Prof. Wang’s lab. Thanks so much for helping and teaching me during my three weeks there! All of you are so intelligent, passionate, and persistent, and I can’t tell you enough how much I loved the friendly and motivated lab atmosphere! You all made my experience there comfortable and delightful.

First of all, a huge thank to Prof. Wang and Prof. Min——not just because of the internship opportunity you provided but also because I was impressed by how advanced the lab is and the strict yet thoughtful leadership roles you both take. I also appreciated how you both thoughtfully discussed my personal goals, future academic interests, and life outside the lab with me. Our discussion of research situations domestically and abroad was especially thought provoking; I was grateful for your distinct perspectives on scientific research and for the opportunity to get advice from experts like you in this field. Also, special shout-outs to Xinhui, Wanru, Jiahui, & Jiaming. Thanks for letting me shadow your work and even allowing me to conduct a part of your experiments, such as the mice surgery and gene-testing. I will remember every lunch we had together on campus and all our silly complaints and laughter. Throughout the internship experience, I am sure I learned a lot, not only about the basics of trace element metabolism and different kinds of experimental procedures, but also about the life of a lab worker as well as a graduate student in a top university. All of these have been extremely valuable experiences for me and made my summer extremely exciting and meaningful.

Happy lab meeting

Before this internship, I worked as an intern in a cancer research institute in Seattle. Although I did some assays like making plasmids and sequencing DNA by myself, I didn’t get the chance to figure out the rationale behind my assay’s protocol since everyone was so busy in that lab. Therefore, one of my biggest wishes before coming to Prof. Wang’s lab was to learn the concepts behind any experiment, and I was so happy when my dreams came true. My senior fellows patiently explained every procedure we did in all of our experiments, such as what is a buffer composed of and why is it necessary in a purification step. Since I had rarely done in-vivo experiments before, all of you gave me detailed instructions and safety guidelines; for example, I learned how to pinch a mouse to avoid being bitten and how to obtain the maximum volume for a blood sample from a mouse’s heart. The meticulousness and extreme attention to detail truly influenced me a lot——to rethink and adjust my learning attitude and methods, and apply this spirit to my future life and study.

I would also like to talk about my feelings after working with you all. As Prof. Min suggested that everyone should pursue work-life balance, she encouraged all to find our interests and ways to relax. At the orientation meeting, I appreciated that Prof. Min pointed out the hardship students might endure in scientific research while advising us on how to reduce stress. I believe this suggestion to be extremely helpful for all students interested in research, which also inspired me to pursue a more balanced life. What’s more, I saw strong cooperation among you guys and it moved me a lot. Although everyone only had limited time and energy to work on assigned projects, you were willing to help each other during assays, such as advising on experiment procedures, discuss data, and share your specialty and knowledge. I believed your sincerity and cooperation contributed to the lab’s success to a huge extent.

Lab-mates cooperate to discuss and mimic a cell signaling pathway

Furthermore, I was impressed by your attitude towards failure and high self-motivation. For instance, as the Western Blot didn’t bring my senior fellows an expected result concerning the expression of mitochondria complex in sample mice, I saw you work together to discuss steps that needed improvements, such as using a younger mice-sample and running the gels for a longer period of time. Then, you repeated the experiments and continuously ameliorated your methods, which I believe is an essential element to successful scientific research. Your research routine showed me the importance of plan and logistics, and the spirit of never-giving-up.

I was grateful that I was able to study in such an advanced lab at Zhejiang University and learn from my excellent lab mates and teachers. Your persistence and spontaneity truly inspired me to continue pursuing scientific research. To conclude, I want to again thank everyone in this lab for your patience and sincerity, and I also want to honor all researchers who selflessly contribute themselves to the peace and progress of all mankind.

Discuss with Prof. Wang

I will come back and visit you in the near future! Please be safe and keep in touch. I will, of course, miss you all so much!

Best wishes,

Samantha Wang

Sam个人简介

大家好,我是Samantha Wang,可以叫我Sam。我出生于中国江西,现在在美国波士顿附近的一所高中读高二。我平时对科学,厨艺,文学和运动都非常感兴趣。在学校,我积极参与各种公益活动,领导学生会并且创办俱乐部。我也很喜欢参加不同的运动项目,比如越野跑、摔跤、赛艇。在我空闲的时间里,我喜欢写写文章记录生活,并分享到自己的微信公众号上(如果你想进一步了解美国高中生活,可以关注我的账户“FoodMemo”或者扫描下面的二维码哦)。对我个人而言,我对生物的兴趣始于我对食物和人类的热爱。我十分希望能够不断探索自己对生物的兴趣,所以,我对于这个暑期成为王福俤教授实验室的一名实习生感到无比兴奋和荣幸!

王福俤实验室:我的科学之梦开始的地方

致尊敬的王福俤教授、闵军霞教授和亲爱的实验室伙伴们:

这三周真是时光飞逝,还未离开,我却已经开始想念在实验室的实习生活了。非常感谢你们在这段时间里给予我的帮助和教导!实验室的大伙儿都是那么的聪明,热情,执着,我无法用言语表达,自己是多么喜欢咱们这儿友善又活力满满的实验氛围!感谢你们所有人让我度过了一个舒心又愉快的实习期。

首先,非常感谢享誉国内外的大科学家王教授和闵教授——远远不仅是因为你们提供的实习机会——而且非常感谢你们两位对我的个人目标、未来的学术兴趣,以及在实验室外的学习生活进行的细致体贴的讨论。记得初来乍到时,我就对咱们实验室的先进程度和您二位总导师的严谨、周到的工作作风感到十分惊叹和佩服。另外,王教授对于国内外科研情况的分析也不禁让我深思;能够得到实验室二位科研界顶尖人物的建议,我也十分感激。同时,特别感谢鑫慧老师,婉茹师姐,家卉师姐和佳明师兄。谢谢你们让我跟随你们工作、实验,甚至有时允许我自己动手做一部分实验,比如老鼠手术和基因测序。我绝对不会忘记咱们一起吃的每顿浙大食堂,还有所有的吐槽和欢笑。在整个实习过程中,我不仅学到了微量元素代谢的基础知识和各种各样的实验程序,而且也了解到了中国实验室工作者和国内顶尖大学研究生的生活。所有这些对我来说都是非常宝贵的经历,让我这个暑假过得激情满满、意义十足。

在这次实习之前,也就是刚刚过去的7月,我在西雅图的一家癌症研究所实习。尽管我做了不少制作质粒和DNA测序的工作,我却常常没能了解这些实验步骤背后的基本原理,因为研究所的大伙儿都特别忙碌。因此,我特别期待在来到王教授的实验室后学会实验方法背后的基础知识和理论。在这里,我终于有机会搞懂这些原理知识了:师兄师姐们耐心地解释了我们所有实验中的每一个步骤,比如这瓶缓冲液中有什么成分,为什么提纯步骤中要用到这几瓶试剂等等。由于我以前很少做活体实验,所以师兄师姐们都给了我详细的指导和安全指南:例如,我应该如何捏住一只老鼠来避免被咬,或者如何高效地给一只小鼠心脏取血。从实验室的许多前辈身上,这种一丝不苟、对细节的极度关注的态度确实对我产生了很大的影响。和你们相处的这短短几周里,我便开始重新思考和调整自己的学习态度和方法,并准备将这种精神运用到以后的学习生活中去。

除了我的实习过程,我想再聊聊我在实验室的所思所感。记得闵教授建议每个人都应该追求工作和生活的平衡,并且鼓励所有大一新生找到自己生活中的兴趣和放松方式。尤其是在迎新会上,闵教授在指出了学生在科研中可能会遇到的困难;同时,也为新生们提供了不少减压建议。我相信这些建议会让所有学生受益匪浅,也激励我追求张弛有度的生活。

在实验室的这些天里,最令我感动的当属实验室伙伴之间紧密合作的精神。虽然大家的压力都不小,需要努力在有限的时间里花大量的精力去完成自己的项目,但他们都愿意在实验过程中互相帮助,比如给对方的实验程序提出建议,讨论数据,分享他们的专业知识。我觉得正是这种团队合作的精神以及互相之间的真诚促成了咱们实验室的成功。

另外,师兄师姐们对失败的态度和高度的自我鞭策精神也给我留下了深刻的印象。例如,由于蛋白质印记测试并没有给我的师姐带来关于被测小鼠线粒体复合物表达的预期结果,大家便一起积极讨论了需要改进的步骤,比如需不需要使用更年轻的老鼠样本或更长的凝胶时间。然后,师姐们不断地重复实验并改进实验方法——我一直认为这是一个成功的科研中必不可少的因素。在跟随师兄师姐们的实验过程中,我看到了实验逻辑和计划的重要性和大家永不放弃的精神。

我真的很高兴能在浙大王教授的这样一个国内先进的实验室实习,并且向优秀的实验室伙伴和老师们学习。大家对科研的持之以恒和自主精神让深深地影响了我。这次实习不仅开阔了我对生物实验室的视野和认知,也让我体会到了科研的艰辛和乐趣。最后,我想再次感谢这个实验室的每一个人,感谢你们的耐心教导和无论是学术还是生活上的真诚分享,我也想向所有无私地为全人类的和平与进步做出贡献的科学研究人员致敬。

在不久的将来,我一定会回来看你们的!祝各位万事胜意,并且大家要经常保持联系哦。当然,我会非常想念你们的!

最美好的祝愿,

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