Morgantown, W.V.- The 2012 Research Induction Ceremony came to a successful close on the evening of November 30th, and students were already talking about their futures in research.
DrGlenn DillonPh.D, opened the ceremony. He discussed the Ph.D. programs at the Health Sciences Center, and the movement of the students into the research laboratory. Students will work with their mentors to advance their research and learn scientific technique, critical thinking skills, and the construct of a hypothesis.
DrChristopher Colenda MDMPH, followed Dr. Dillon and elaborated on his comments. He described research as a vital element to engage in discovery and furthering work for the service of others.
Student comments echoed what Dr. Dillon and Dr. Colenda said, and offered thoughts on their futures.
Chris Bauer, a Neuroscience student interested in the medical imaging field commented on his future. “I am excited about my work and making a difference.”
Ami Vyas works in Health Outcomes Research with a focus on breast cancer. Looking ahead she said, ‘tomorrow, we get back to work. We work 24/7 and when something new comes up, we get right into it.”
As for her future Vyas said, “in a year I would like to be working with a pharmaceutical company.”
Working with a mentor is a critical component of the education which Bauer describes as a “solid scientific education that provides experience in the field.”
Though WVU Alumnus Dr. Darryle Schoepp Ph.D. was unable to attend, he offered comments that echoed what Dr. Dillon and Dr. Colenda said earlier. “There is no substitute for passion in what you do combined with hard work and smart effort,” said Schoepp.
Regarding the responsibilities that Dr. Schoepp would like to impress upon students, he said, “as a scientist you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the world. Think about where these challenges exist and go for it.”
Vera Barton-Caro, a student of Cardiology with a concentration in nursing, has over 20 years of clinical work experience. She is on track to graduate in May.
When asked about her future in research Barton said, “I hope to ultimately continue research. I have a passion for the treatment of heart failure. Research has been more fulfilling than I expected and I am interested in pursuing a career in academia.”
Students spent the evening noting the amount of work and years of education ahead of them, but took time to enjoy the event.
“It’s nice that they recognize us in a special way,” said Neuroscience student Emily Reilly.
The Ph.D. program opens many doors in federal research labs. A variety of Ph.Dprograms at the Health Sciences Center offer offer career options that make positive contributions to science.
Describing students, Dr. Dillon commented during the ceremony, “They come to us, they’re bright, enthusiastic, wet behind the ears, but they’re ready to go.”