Guided Explorations at the University of Washington Bothell
Instead of being like a normal class this is more like an internship in the sense of you’re doing things that you would in the real world UW Bothell gives you a lot of resources to just try something new, but you have to be bold and try When I came to UW Bothell, I would’ve never guessed that I was gonna be doing research, especially directly with an engineering professor. Doing this research was among the best decisions I made in college, if not the best (in background) So I would let you know that canal is pretty cold… when your’e at the bottom of it… Spending time in the wetlands and hanging out there is really cool There’s a lot of opportunities for research if you actually want to get involved. (in background) That’s all really nice spawning habitat right there. As part of this research, we’re trying to get the local spawning population of Kokanee salmon back into the streams around here Historically they were here, but now they’ve been gone for about a hundred years We built this salmon incubator box, or RSI, remote site incubator. So the incubator box looks like a big cooler, and it has an egg tray which you lift in and out and that holds the eggs These boxes just protect the eggs and give them a chance to survive. We’re just trying to get the salmon back to a self-sustainable population that’s natural The Interdisciplinary Arts Program exceeded my expectations. There’s so many options. There’s so many possibilities. Any material that’s in front of me, and speaks to me, I’ll make art with it. I’m from Brazil. I moved to America in 2010. It was so frightening being an immigrant in a new place, but I make myself belong here and I do that with my art. (in background) teaching myself but I still have just like you said… A lot of programs are so strict You need to have that openness that this program has to choose any class you want, and I love that freedom I’ve been on this project for one year now and most of that was as a pre-major The goal of this project is to use what we call an OECT for short as a chemical or biological sensor These sensors could be used in a variety of fields. For example a diabetic, to check their sugar, they’ll test their blood but there’s potential with our device to be able to detect glucose in saliva So that could change many people’s lives for the better. The scanning electron microscope can give us insight into our fabrication process. I am kind of surprised that UW Bothell would get a scanning electron microscope because it’s kind of a big deal. Think it’s important to get out of the classroom and work with my hands because I like doing it But also it teaches me skills that I don’t get to learn from a textbook It’s helping me build my future. Mentors are really important, especially with me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do Professor Jensen helped me as a student because he actually cares. I don’t have a scientific background And so it was nice to have someone who I could talk to frankly It’s very important to have someone to challenge you and to take you to another level Because it’s so difficult to do it by yourself Ted, he inspired me to go beyond That’s why I want to be a professor, because these professors inspired me so much that I want inspired people also I’m the type of person that learns better when I’m able to make meaningful relationships and I get that, at UW Bothell. Dr. Choi took the time to really get to know me as as a person and as his student It makes me feel like my voice is heard and my opinion is valued As a person I feel like I’ve grown a lot. I would HIGHLY, highly suggest looking around for a project that interests you. We have a lot even though it’s a smaller campus. It’s been a really rewarding experience What excites me most is just seeing the actual impact that I can have, that you never think you would have as an undergrad Humans are the cause of why Kokanee isn’t there anymore. We caused this to happen, but we can also fix this. My growth from the first day of class to today, I feel like I’m a whole different person. After graduating from University of Washington Bothell I’m gonna go to grad school and I’m so excited to see what art’s going to bring next I have to thank University of Washington Bothell for giving me that confidence. I am an artist and I’m proud of that and I will never stop creating. I challenge every student and everyone that is coming in, don’t be scared. Don’t be afraid. You just got to go for it.