Newsletter Written by Mac Students
North Granby, Connecticut
After Mac: Biology teacher, Youth Institute of Science and Technology, Ejisu-Abenase, Ghana
My work with Professor Chatterjea began when I took her Immunology class. I moved on to her Research in Immunology course and spent a semester learning the necessary literary background and laboratory techniques for further work on the mast cells project.
“Research courses at Macalester enable students to learn in a working research laboratory format.”
The small class size of research courses at Macalester enables students to learn in a working research laboratory format with ample opportunity for self-driven exploration. For many of us, working as a researcher, from data collection to journalbased research, opened doors for later summer research and independent study.
I learned countless new lab techniques and vastly improved my understanding of the immune system. Most memorably, I believe Professor Chatterjea’s emphasis on scientific creativity as a collaborative endeavor will remain with me. Lab techniques are passed on from student to student, and each member of the lab brings in a new skill set or perspective. The skills from my time in the lab are proving invaluable as I tackle the next stage of my life.