Meeting Mentors

IMG_0797High school students in NYU-Poly’s Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program spent this afternoon meeting the graduate students who will mentor them in research this summer.

Ursula K., a Ph.D. Candidate in the Levicky Bio-interfacial Engineering & Diagnostics Group talks about the experience.

IMG_0764As a graduate student mentor for NYU-Poly’s summer ARISE program, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of my two high school mentees! During the last few weeks while my mentees have been receiving safety training and going through technical coursework, I’ve been putting aside time to plan how to best mentor my students.

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My mentees are rising high school seniors, and they will be spending the next 6 weeks gaining hands-on experience in the Levicky Bio-interfacial Engineering & Diagnostics Group at NYU-Poly. Their project concerns DNA degradation — particularly, determining whether or not, and to what degree DNA oligonucleotides experience degradation when concentrated using a common technique.

IMG_0754On our first day together we focused on introductions to their resources, getting to know each other better, and reviewing their project/our plan for the next six weeks. We also went for a tour of Rogers Hall, starting with the chemical & biological engineering labs, checking out mechanical engineering, passing by civil engineering, and finally making a quick stop in Dibner to show off the Game Innovation Lab. I think we’re off to a good start so far!

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