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You know there is always going to be something magical about a man named Merlin. Stories about wizards, dragons, and kings have trained us to associate supernatural power with this wizard from the tales of King Arthur. So when Dr. Merlin Willcox came to Oxford to give us a lecture, I expected nothing short of [...]

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Spring 2013 was a busy semester for me, but it didn’t start out that way. I was taking only 12 units of class because I had family issues to take care of. Once those were done and my life got settled down a bit, I started looking for opportunities and fun things to do. I [...]

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Egypt’s #1 radio station for hit music! Highly recommended. I just finished my Problems Without Passports trip to Egypt and Turkey, and I already want to go back (and not just for the fantastic radio stations). Our course was a comparative case study of the different dynamics of religion and democracy in Egypt and Turkey, though [...]

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Last summer, I embarked on my first true scientific journey—cancer research at the Center of Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at USC’s Health Sciences Campus. Eager to learn what research was all about, I began with basic safety training, BSA assays, and a group of dedicated people, all eager to pass on their knowledge and help [...]

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After hearing all about the Joint Educational Project (JEP) from my roommate Sophie, I figured that I had to give it a try this semester. JEP pairs USC students with schools, organizations, and non-profits in the surrounding neighborhood to facilitate service-learning through positions as teaching assistants, mentors, and interns. Students spend two hours onsite per [...]

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You know when you walk into the locker room to find a rack of fully stocked scrubs, it’s going to be a good day— and what a surprise, it was indeed a GREAT day. Not a particularly busy or interesting day but I really felt like a valuable part of the patient care team. I [...]

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Every time I would attend some sort of informational session about USC during my senior year of high school, the speakers would talk about SOAR and SURF. I had heard and understood that research was supposed to be a big part of the college experience, and USC would apparently give me a grant in order [...]

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Welcome back, everyone! This is my first blog post for the new school year, so I just want to tell you a little bit about my summer. As the title of this post suggests, I spent 78 days here at USC through a generous grant from the Rose Hills Foundation, continuing the research that I [...]

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Have you ever recovered from a fourteen-hour time change? It’s awful. Really – for almost a week, I was stuck falling asleep at 5 a.m. and waking up at one. But for three more weeks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I’d hop back on a plane tomorrow. That’s right – I just got back from Kazakhstan! I [...]

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Hey everyone! As faithful readers of this blog will be aware, I recently got a position as a research assistant in Professor Qin’s lab. About a month and a half or so ago, Dr. Qin encouraged me to make a poster and present at the Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry, which [...]

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