Three things: first, don’t get discouraged when a project doesn’t immediately pan out. There are many frustrations at the bench that are simply part of the scientific process. Second, if things aren’t working out (on any level), talk to your mentor and/or your professor. Don’t be shy. They want you to have a quality experience, but they won’t know that there is a problem unless you tell them. Finally, if you are not having fun, find another laboratory.
Research Interests: Brain mechanisms of learning and memory
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