April 4, 2022
To explain a bit more about isotope harvesting, it is a process or technique that can be carried out without disturbing FRIB’s routine operation for its nuclear physics mission, and additional, unused isotopes can be “harvested” employing specialized tools and infrastructure in parallel. These harvested isotopes then find application in fields serving society. Some of these isotopes are currently in short supply or have no source other than FRIB. This makes FRIB and MSU special.
My biggest goal for the present is to gain experience in the field of radiochemistry, develop my analytical skills to design experiments and troubleshoot processes that will over time help me in becoming an independent researcher in the future. Achieving this goal is only possible at a large university like MSU because it provides us with exposure to many different areas of research and promotes interconnectedness between departments and colleges. As for the future, since FRIB and MSU encourage a highly collaborative atmosphere in research, the doctoral program here has the potential to connect me to opportunities in the national laboratories during and beyond my doctoral program.
I work with incredibly talented graduate students and postdocs in my research group, and I love it when we’re able to analyze complex problems and challenges and come up with unique solutions together. Everyone is receptive to new ideas, and we work as a team to see them materialize. Everyone in my group is super supportive, and I couldn’t have wished for a better research group.
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