LEAH Knox Scholar Testimonials

Students in lab

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2018

My favorite experiment was anything that had to do with running gels! LEAH Knox Scholars was a great experience that I will never forget. I’m even more determined to become a researcher after this program.

Students in lab

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2018

The LEAH Knox program was one of the best experiences I ever had with a program set up for students. I was able to meet  people around my age who had similar interests as me and work with them throughout the summer. LEAH Knox has definitely anchored my future career choice and I’m thankful that it helped me do so. With all the knowledge and techniques learned throughout the program, I was also able to succeed in my science classes in school. I hope this program will continue on for many years to come.

Student pipetting

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer2018

This past summer, I had the chance to perform a series of experiments and observations on microorganisms to identify and characterize them.  I also received useful advice regarding social  and other life skills. LEAH was very generous with all it had to offer and I am very thankful for the opportunity, as it strengthened my interest in a career tied to scientific experiments and observations. I enjoyed performing  assays and making overnight cultures each day, and learning how to properly use the lab equipment.

Female and male students in lab coats looking at dish

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

I loved the experience of meeting the scholars and professors from MIT, as well as the environment and the workplace. Whenever we had lunches with the professors or students from MIT, we also had the opportunity to ask a lot of questions, which was a highlight. The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful whenever I needed help with anything. I really enjoyed the UV assays although I had to do it a dozen times. I feel like each time we did it, we got better.

Group of happy female and male students in lab coats holding lab equipment

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

Not only did we have the opportunity to work in MIT’s labs with their equipment and conduct intense experiments, but we also got to work with MIT professors and instructors. My peers and professors were very willing to help and concerned with helping each other, and it was also beneficial to be surrounded by people who loved science. My favorite experiment was the sporulation assay, because I was able to develop the procedure on my own and see great results.

Two male students in lab coats holding up round clear trays/gels

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

My favorite experiment of the summer was when we went to the Charles River and collected a bottle of water from the river, and then poured the water on different gels and cultivated bacteria. The professors at MIT are nice and know a lot, and my peers were friendly and helpful. The people, food, and the labs in the LEAH Knox Scholars program are the best!

Six students in lab coats and a professor in the middle in black

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

The worms, even though they were really gross, were also very fascinating, especially seeing the different types. My favorite part about working at MIT was the instructors. I liked how easy they were to talk to because it is not usually as easy for me to do so.

Group of five students looking at test tubes

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

I especially liked the UV experiment, because I liked figuring out which level of UV caused cell death. I also enjoyed getting to know my instructors and peers.

Three students in lab coats looking at test tubes

LEAH Knox Scholar

Summer ● 2017

I liked that we were able to identify bacteria from a local area. My favorite thing about working at MIT was being able to get a real-life lab experience, and I liked that our instructors were really helpful and understanding.