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Ebony Thompson Ebony Thompson

Ebony is an undergraduate student in the Drexel University Department of Materials Science & Engineering, doing research in Dr. Caroline Schauer's Natural Polymers and Photonics Lab

What are you doing in the lab?

I work on electrospinning natural polymer solutions to make nanofibrous meshes that can be used for a variety of applications including: wound healing, water filtration and bio-mimicry.

Why did you decide to perform research in the lab as an undergraduate?

I decided to work in the lab because I am a very “hands-on” learner. My lab experience allows me to get firsthand experience in what materials engineers do. Before, I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to go into a research and development field for a career, but getting this experience has shown me how much I enjoy performing research.

What is the best part about working in the lab?

Working in the lab allows me to be inquisitive and use problem solving skills every day. I like that I actually get to do hands-on work instead of just watching things happen, which makes research much more interesting.

Why are you majoring in MSE?

I decided that I wanted to study engineering because I really enjoy science and mathematics. I wanted to make a difference and help society in some way, while still doing what I enjoy. Materials are central to our society and affect so many parts of our lives. Majoring in materials science is a great way to make the materials we use everyday better, which can help people in innumerable ways.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

My advice to prospective students is to take your school work seriously. Don’t procrastinate on your assignments because they often take more time than you might expect. Also, talk to different professors about their research because it’s a good way to stay abreast of what’s going on in the materials science field.

Anything else you want to add?

Schoolwork is important, but don’t take school so seriously that you forget to enjoy yourself… You should actually have fun while you’re here. Try to get involved in extracurricular activities and enjoy Philly outside of campus.

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Last updated Monday, May 17, 2010