VCU Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Summer Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University
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BBSI Participants in Their Own Words

All the comments below come from anonymous surveys
at the end of one of the summers at VCU BBSI

Best Part of Experience

Class of 2003-2004

  • Feeling like I was actually learning things in lab that no one else has every known or looked at before.
  • Doing my own research, knowing that the advancement I made on it was largely from self-motivation, and producing in the end a truly valuable scientific tool which may eventually be published.
  • I have met professors who I know consider friends more than advisors. I have met students within BBSI who I plan keeping in touch with for the rest of my life.

Class of 2004-2005

  • a community of people with similar interests.
  • the living community of students and the immersion into the world of research
  • Environment that facilitates learning and exploration

Class of 2005-2006

  • working with my mentor
  • Meeting new people who had similar interests as mine.
  • Learning and Improving my skills, seminar speakers

Class of 2006-2007

  • ...the people here. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to learn with.
  • I think the lunches were the most helpful for graduate school.
  • sense of accomplishment I felt after my final presentation.

Class of 2007-2008

  • The independence and responsibility of managing your own project
  • I felt like an equal, and this gave me the confidence to throw myself into research fully.
  • the summit at the beginning of the summer and all that i was able to learn

Class of 2008-2009

  • the freedom given to and trust provided in the student researcher.
  • doing work for a paper that will hopefully be published...a sense of accomplishment
  • RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And the free food was delicious