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Erick Argueta ´12 is one of only nine recipients and Connecticut College´s first Science Leader to receive the American Chemical Society (ACS) International Research Experiences for Undergraduates award, giving him the chance to pursue his own unique research project in Scotland this summer.
Argueta, a biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology major, is spending 10 weeks examining nanometrology, the science of locating and pinpointing molecules on a scale invisible to microscopes, at one of the U.K.´s leading universities, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. At the university, he works in a research group with more than 30 Ph.D. students from all over Europe, who support each other as they work on their own projects.
"It is crucial more than ever to be able to work and collaborate with people on a global scale, because today´s world is becoming more global, and the issues and dilemmas we face today are of international importance," Argueta said. He is sharpening his research skills through this international experience, and Argueta says Connecticut College prepared him for the endeavor and for his cultural exchange.
"The science I have learned at Connecticut College has helped me think more critically and analytically so that I can perform any tasks before me. I also feel that Connecticut College has helped me in my transition into another culture," he said. Argueta will present his research results at ACS´s Fall 2010 National Meeting & Exposition Aug. 22-26 in Boston. By Kelly Parlin ´12