In the summer of 2011, just before moving to Baltimore, I went to Israel to teach ultimate to Israeli and Palestinian children as part of an organization called Ultimate Peace.
Not only does the Materials Science Department provide us with valuable lab experience and exciting travel opportunities to conferences in California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Czech Republic, it also contains a very close knit group of people that genuinely care and support one another making for a much more enjoyable graduate experience.
Working at Johns Hopkins University has been a wonderful experience. What I love about Johns Hopkins is the cooperation between researchers and departments to make high-impact, cross-disciplinary science happen. I am immersed in a community where everyone around me works on exciting research that truly makes a difference.
I have particularly appreciated the streamlined nature of entering a research group and building a mentor-student relationship, the independence and confidence I experienced applying my knowledge of materials science, and the warm, family-like nature of the lab groups.