Working in a lab in the Materials Science Department helped me discover a love of research and build skills both in performing experiments and presenting results. The hands-on experience I got during the semester gave me an advantage when applying for summer internships and graduate school and helped me decide that I wanted to pursue a career in science. Additionally, I enjoyed the sense of community in the department and the ability to get to know professors personally that would not be possible in a larger major.
Tom Batcho worked in Dr. Peter Searson’s lab group researching blinking in quantum dots. He is now pursuing doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.