ESR, Electron Spin Resonance
Training & Research Facility
A Story From The SMART Ctr
The SMART Center summer program was an inspiring introduction to the world of molecular research, and certainly helped encourage me to follow that career path! I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a powerful machine like the magnetic resonance spectrometer on a project of my own design, when I was still in high school. As I have worked in many research labs over the years, I have realized how rare it is for students to get such freedom to explore when they are young. In most research experiences that offer the same level of high caliber technology as the SMART Center, students are put to work on projects someone else has designed. But Dr. Morse encouraged us to design our own project aims, hypotheses, and experiments. Being responsible for a full project drove home lessons about the scientific method that I have used since then, and getting to create and test my own hypotheses sparked a passion for research and scientific discovery that I have followed eagerly.
Another Story from the SMART Ctr
The SMART Center is one of Steppingstone's greatest assets; it's a program that prepares students for the professional scientific world and gives them a greater understanding of not only EPR science, but also the process of the scientific method and the scientific community. Dr. Morse is an exemplary instructor, who guides students while letting them grow as scientists and as individuals. I believe the SMART Center is an invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in science, particularly for anyone pursuing a career in medicine. The SMART Center will teach you how to operate scientific equipment, how to do your own research and draw your own conclusions, and how to interact with your fellow scientists. In addition, it is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience, especially in the summer, where you will have an opportunity to present any findings at the Rocky Mountain Chemical Conference in Denver, Colorado. The SMART Center is what a modern day science program should be, and I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you decide to join it.