I’d say my work in research has been greatly improved because of my time at MiddCORE. I think a lot of people who do scientific research have a hard time incorporating innovation to try to break new ground as far as contributing novel findings to the field. I think it takes an innovative mind to gather the information that already exists, and use it to inform questions that you then design interesting and specific experiments to help answer. The flexibility of thought and understanding I learned through MiddCORE has been invaluable as I’ve built my career. In addition, MiddCORE taught me that rather than compartmentalizing various aspects of my interests and identities, I should instead seek to find ways to merge these passions to achieve maximum fulfillment in what I’m doing.