William Brown began chemical biology research shortly after transferring to UC Irvine; he was interested in the topic and he credits his research experience with turning it into a real passion. William recommends research as a way to develop critical and creative thinking skills. He also considers an ability to learn from failure to be a vital trait in a researcher. After graduation, William hopes to pursue a career in medicine or chemical biology. UROP salutes William Brown for the excitement he has devoted to his undergraduate research.

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?

Chemical Biology with Professor Greg Weiss.

2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I am a transfer student and met a few students doing research and they encouraged me to get involved. During winter quarter of last year I took I took Prof. Weiss's Chem 128 chemical biology class, really enjoyed the subject and asked if I could join his lab.

3. How has research enhanced your education?

Research has really changed my way of thinking to be more creative and learn from failures.

4. What has been your favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

Working on my own project has been the best experience. It has allowed me to see the results after lots of hard work.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

My future plans are to either pursue medicine or research in chemical biology. Research here at UCI has helped me think critically and pay attention to the slight details.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

Find something that you are interested in and that you are excited about. Professors want to have undergraduates that are eager to learn and very interested in their research field.

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Dec. '12 William Brown
Nov. '12 Chun Wai Chau
Oct. '12 Yoselinda Mendoza
Sep. '12 John Naviaux
Aug. '12 Rachel Rose Ulgado
Jul. '12 Omeid Heidari
Jun. '12 Briana Fitch
May. '12 Bryan Xie
Apr. '12 Lori Harris
Mar. '12 Sean Thomas Burke
Feb. '12 Arturo Vargas
Jan. '12 Rahaf Baker
  
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