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Peter Kerns ‘16

November 05, 2015

Peter Kerns '16

In just my first semester I had an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with Dr. Swarna Basu. I was able to shadow a junior named Joe Lafferty working in the laser lab under Dr. Basu.

After shadowing for one semester I signed up for my own research hours and that spring Dr. Basu offered me a job to work in the lab over the summer. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and is now allowing me to travel to Dallas as a sophomore for the American Chemical Society Conference as well as getting published. Dr. Basu has always been a great resource for me and over the last year I have come to know him very well.

But it hasn't all been easy. During my first semester of my sophomore year, it was challenging having to balance Quantitative Analysis, a class that is up to nine hours of scheduled class time a week, along with my physics, organic chemistry, and statistics classes and independent research. Over all, there were two days a week where I would be in lab anywhere from six to nine hours. I have grown a lot from it because the experience has taught me the value of good time management.

Kerns will be attending graduate school at the University of Connecticut.

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