I spent this amazing summer of 2011 at Oak Crest Institute of Science. It is truly an experience that has made me a better person. Before starting my work at OCIS, i had very little experience with Scientific research. With the help of Oak Crest's wonderful staff, I developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of Scientific research. Another valuble thing I learned is that sometimes we don't get the results we want, nevertheless one should never give up. I thank the Oak Crest Staff for there wonderful dedication to fostering scientific education to others.
Oak Crest was an incredible place to start research as a high school student. Not only was the staff nice and friendly, but they gave me my own space to let me gain experience. I learned a lot of useful skills for college, and I really view Oak Crest as an ideal place to work or start research.
I came to Oak Crest from July 2009 to July 2010. I was an exchange student from France. During this year, I worked on Nickellacycle, trying to develop new catalysts using CO2, imines and alkynes. Even though my experiences weren't successful the way we wanted them to work, I really enjoyed my experience at OCIS and I developped a lot of qualities that I'm currently using at work.
I was a student volunteer for one of the biology projects the summer of 2009. Working at Oakcrest provided me with the unique opportunity to work independently and contribute my own ideas to the project. The scientists there encourage personal growth and were incredible mentors.
I learned so much during my time at Oak Crest! I gained confidence in my scientific and research abilities that cannot be learned in a classroom. I worked on projects with both John and Marc. They were both exceptional teachers and scientists. I feel grateful to have had the experience I did at Oak Crest.
My research experience at Oak Crest was extremely rewarding. Cutting edge research is very exciting and Oak Crest is a rare institute which offers such outstanding opportunities to undergraduate students. Oak Crest mentors allow students complete autonomy in designing and carrying out research, but they are ALWAYS around for support and guidance when you need it. The mentors are caring and concerned, and are interested in both scientific progress and in cultivating future scientists.
One of Oak Crest's greatest strengths is that it's a very supportive place for students from all levels to interact with experienced scientists and gain experience and confidence in doing research. This is very important, since from what I understand, Oak Crest does a lot of work with local high school and community college students who may not have previously considered a research career and don't have a lot of contacts in academia. I know that I benefited a lot from working closely with a mentor who was as interested in my personal and professional development as he was in producing good research.
The team at Oak Crest offers an incredible model on how to put forth top-tier scientific efforts, investigating cutting-edge research questions, while educating and mentoring a great number of young and developing scientists. I've been fortunate enough to work closely with a number of members of the team as they consulted with me on a few projects I've undertaken. I've greatly enjoyed all of these interactions and look forward to more in the future!
I've also had the pleasure of seeing a number of individuals benefit in a multitude of ways from participation in some of the projects at Oak Crest. What this team has been able to do with what they have been given, how they have maximized every asset they have, and how incredibly resourceful they continue to be is truly an inspiration to any entrepreneur that hopes to boot-strap their own research goals and dreams too!
I've met and seen some of the great work they do at Oak Crest and it's wonderful. They have great leaders and a great team which enables them to make tremendous progress and scientific discoveries for everybody. Keep up the great work Oak Crest!
I have been volunteering at Oak Crest for approximately 3 months. I love that they have given me the opportunity to learn and gain the experience in various analytical techniques that are usually required in today's job market. Many times one graduates understanding the theory but lacking the hands on knowledge of the instrumentation needed to find a job. This organization provides the means for students to have hands on knowledge of what it really is like to do be a scientists addressing questions that are truly important to society. There is no better way to learn than to be surrounded by a well equipped lab and people who are really interested in teaching. Research can be difficult but having a good group to work with and projects that are important makes the "work" worth while.