Science beyond the Classroom

Guest blog by Vaidehee Lanke, SBCC Saskatchewan 2014 Competitor

When I first learned about the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), I was fascinated by the new possibilities science presents to the world. From the beginning I was very intrigued by biotechnology, an area of science that seemed endless to me, making it interesting to see the impact it had on people.  The moment when I realized I could make a real difference for the world was the motivational point for me. The SBCC has presented me with a challenge outside of school, let’s call it my debut in the science world.

Working in the lab has been a real gain for me personally, giving me insight into what my science career path could look like. Lab work gave me a taste of the workplace and is a worthwhile opportunity. So far I have been experimenting in the biochemical labs, learning that planning is the key to any successful project. Along with the use of the ICP-MS technique, I have had the chance to grow and identify microorganisms in the microbiology lab. I loved not just learning about the use of certain instruments, but actually getting the opportunity to use them, like the simple micro pipette. Over the course of the competition I have met many talented individuals who share the same interests as me and are willing to help. What I signed up for definitely wasn’t easy, but my efforts have already been rewarded in many ways already and they will continue to be.

My favorite part of the SBCC is the science world I am thrust in to. Looking at where I was at the beginning of November and now, I can’t believe how far I have come in knowledge and personal achievements; from learning how to write a proposal to handling sensitive materials. Beyond the science in the classroom, I am truly lucky to learn in areas where my interests lie. I have learned more than I would in school, and as a result, have had many new doors opened because of it. SBCC is a constant and welcome challenge, and I encourage everyone who would like to make a change to try it! As said in the wise words of Carl Sagan, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

I would like to sincerely thank Vaidehee for her contribution to the SBCC blog and for sharing her SBCC experience so far!