Our sophomore year has been the best for me thus far. When I first came into Gemstone, I was eager to see where this program would take me. All I really knew going in was that it was a four-year research program. What I did not know was how all of my best friends would be kids I met at Gems Camp, or during my
freshmen year, or even on my Gemstone Team, Team SILVER.
As a sophomore team, we have just begun doing our work in the lab. Last fall, we wrote our Thesis Proposal, and with guidance from both our mentor and our GEMS202 section leader, we have made great progress. We were awarded a grant that covers our entire proposed budget, and we are well on our way to working towards what I believe to be a great project: one that I a look forward to talking about after its completion in our senior year. Because we are only in the beginning stages of our research, I cannot say how far our research will take us beyond our research plan. Ideally, I would like to see us blow away not only the expectations of others, but also our own expectations of our own capabilities.
-Thomas Brown: Class of 2015: Team SILVER