Well, it sounds like the summer is very near the end. Classes have finished, and in a week, many 10-week internships will also be done. I’ll try to stretch into the September hiatus, but we’ll see if I can continue to find people for that. As such, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you know anyone who wants to be interviewed. Because of my own standing, we’ve had a huge bias towards rising seniors, so underclassmen need to get your voice heard!
Today, we’ve got the first person who appeared on my facebook newsfeed, Kesav.
Question One: Who are you?
I’m Kesav Raghavan, a Senior majoring in Biology and currently obsessed with playing on the Stanford Golf Course as much as possible.
Question Two: What are you doing this summer?
I was working at Gilead Sciences in Clinical Virology until today, studying different therapeutics for hepatitis C.
Question Three: So what do you actually do?
Basically I did benchwork, like performing PCR, isolating plasmid DNA, and making RNA, and I conducted cell-based assays. It’s kind of like working in a biology lab at Stanford. Except, this was in a large company where tons of people work together on projects, there is a lot more funding, etc. Working in industry is actually quite different from academics and it was a great experience!
Question Four: Other than work, what are you doing?
Now I’m heading off to Europe with my family and I’m super excited!!! We’re going to visit Paris and then travel to a bunch of places in Italy.
Question Five: Cream cheese or dinosaurs?
Dinosaurs for sure. No question about it. And I’d prefer a apatosaurus or brachiosaurus if it’s available.