During the summer of 2010, Brown University sophomore Jane Chen worked at the Trace Elements Analysis Core lab in the Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth College. In addition to earning a bit of money, she learned a great deal about how a research lab functions. She learned about protocol and methods of analytical chemistry, including cleanliness standards and safety protocol. She also learned how to take samples, prepare them, and analyze them accurately.
According to Jane, the most interesting project she worked on was a toenail analysis project for the National Cancer Institute. She processed and analyzed 105 toenail samples to determine the levels of 10 metals so the project investigators could examine the correlation between the levels of these metals and bladder cancer.
Jane says that she hopes this experience will help her in future internships and jobs. She is interested in working in the sciences in the future and thinks that her time in Dartmouth will be an asset when she applies for other positions in the future