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Have you received funding from Dartmouth for research, a project, or a trip? If so, how did you find that funding and what did it enable you to do?

A: Jenny with crossed arms

Yes! I've received funding from Dartmouth for a number of projects over the past few years. The first instance was for research my sophomore year, which I was conducting at the Geisel School of Medicine in a genetics lab. I applied for funding through the Sophomore Research Scholars and Presidential Scholars programs, where students are expected to work 7-12 hours a week. All I had to do was fill out a brief application outlining what my research was on, include my project advisor (the lab's principal investigator), and a brief description of the project and my role in it. I learned a lot from this experience and it was really rewarding to apply what I had learned in my previous genetics class to actual experiments (and I became very comfortable with fruit flies).

In my sophomore fall, I also received funding as part of a student organization (Health Access for All) to travel for a conference. We had been accepted to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University conference held at UChicago that year. We applied for funding from the Self Experiential Learning Fund, which covered our flights and hotels for the weekend. It was my first time visiting Chicago, and we even had some free time to visit the famous Chicago Bean!

Finally, this past summer I was working a remote internship at the National Institutes of Health, and applied for the Dickey Center for International Understanding Build-Your-Own-Internship funding. They essentially invite Dartmouth students of all years to apply if they have an internship with any sort of international focus. I really enjoyed being a part of this small cohort of students because we also had meetings before and after our internship to debrief and share our experiences. We also had to write a short report on the details of the day-to-day work and what went well/not so well. It was great to have a place for some added reflection, and the best part is that those reports are kept and made available to other students on their own search for internships!

These are just my experiences with receiving funding from Dartmouth, but I'm sure there are many, many more examples, some similar and others unrelated. I especially appreciated how these funding opportunities allowed me to try new things and take risks that otherwise would not have been possible.

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