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Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. E.N. is a highly motivated, very smart, creative individual who will go very far in science. He reads scientific papers voraciously and always has a new interpretation and set of experiments to test it. He has broad interests and is always keen to make connections between them. He is truly a rising star and will do a terrific PhD. EN is superb in the lab and performed at a very high standard with some difficult experiments in yeast genetics, such as cell synchronization , quantitative expression analysis, and phenotypic silencing assays. His results were of the highest standards, with meticulous controls. He was his own worst critic, and if he has a problem at all, it is that he tries to do too many different experiments at a time, but this is just a mark of his enthusiasm. He was always in the lab. E.N. was very popular indeed. He is collegial, and helpful, with no hint of pompousness. He has a terrific sense of humor and knows the right time to use it. He really is a delight to have around. EN will be an author on at least 2 papers in high ranking journals, one of which will be submitted soon.

Kami Kim , Albert Einstein College, New York. A.C. understood the background of the project very quickly. She researched and identified appropriate scientific papers on the subject and demonstrated strong interest in the project. She understood the technical aspects of the experiments and was able to suggest controls and alternative methods. She showed an ability to be creative in concordance with her master’s level. She has excellent potential to be a creative and independent scientist. AC was supervised closely by Dr. Gissot, a post-doctoral fellow. She was quickly performing experiments with minimal practical guidance and was a real asset to the project. She generated valuable data that will contribute to our project. She worked hard and carried out experiments without delay. She organised her work well and managed to run multiple experiments at the same time. This “multi-tasking” is unusual for a beginning graduate student and is further indication of her promise. A.C. interacted with other members of the lab despite the language barrier—and did very well conversing in English. She was an integrated member of the lab by the end of her stay. AC is a very strong student and I would accept her into my laboratory without hesitation.

Jessica Treisman, Skirball Institute, New York. FD’s scientific abilities were excellent. He thoroughly researched the background to his project and was very quick to understand the theory behind his experiments. He gave outstanding presentations both of his own work at our group meeting and of an unrelated paper at our journal club. FD had outstanding practical skills. With no previous experience, he was able to clone a variety of constructs, purify GST-tagged proteins, carry out in vitro transcription-translation reactions and do GST pulldowns. These were not techniques that were currently being used in my lab so he had to establish them for himself. FD was very careful and well organized in the lab and kept clear notes of his experiments. His project was a very challenging one for a summer student and his success with it is due to his unusual abilities. FD was working with a graduate student in the lab and got along well with her and with others in the lab. I would have liked to see him participate more actively by asking questions in group meetings, but I think he was shy about doing this. I am sure this will improve as Fabien gains more confidence.

Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. FM is very smart and enthusiastic. She has good hands in the lab. Intellectually, I think she will have no trouble achieving success and at the bench she also will excel. Again, FM has tremendous talent. She still needs to learn some technical aspects of troubleshooting difficult experiments, but this is not surprising at this stage of her career. I think highly of her abilities. FM is very independent in the lab. In fact, I have only one critique of FM’s peformance in the lab. I would have liked to see her seek out my help/advice more frequently. This might have been helpful to her in solving technical problems. But on balance, I am very enthusiastic about her time here.

Alexandra L. Joyner, Skirball Institute, New York. SC is an excellent scientist and was very enthusiastic about her project. She is very hard working, takes responsibility and works independently. SC understood the concepts behind her project extremely well, combining her knowledge in genetics with independent reading of the complex literature on Sonic Hedgehog signaling, fate mapping, brain development and brain anatomy. She contributed ideas that led to novel experimental applications and to our interpretation of the results she obtained. SC has excellent laboratory skills. She learned a broad array of new techniques quickly, mastered them at a high level, and had very good insight into what she was doing. She organized her experiments and data very efficiently. SC intergrated into the lab quickly and effectively. My group enjoyed having her as a member of the lab and working with her. She was respectful of others and the way my lab functions, and was willing to help when necessary. SC gave an outstanding hour long lab talk on her last day that nicely put together her research project, both as a single story and in the context of the field. She really stands out for her depth of dedication to her project, her intellectual understanding and laboratory skills. This was reflected by her unusual productivity during her 5 months in my lab. She generated interesting new data on the cell types derived from Shh-expressing cells in the embryonic brain that will be included in a future manuscript. She also learned the basics of neurodevelopment, the concepts and approaches. In summary, Soline was a real pleasure to have in the lab.

Greg Barsh,, Stanford, California. SH has a very strong background in the biological sciences, and an excellent knowledge of molecular genetics and human genetics. She compares favourably to some of the best graduate students in our Department in all areas, including her scientific insight and creativity. One of SH’s greatest strengths is her skill and obvious love for benchwork. Her project involved high-throughput DNA sequencing of several hundred human DNA samples for a gene that was several hundred kb in length with a complex exon structure. This was a challenging project that required considerable organization and analytical skills, outstanding experimental technique, and a goal-oriented approach. Soizic had all of this (and more), her progress exceeded all of our expectations. SH worked closely with another senior graduate student in our group, and as a fully engaged participant of a research team. Her ability to communicate, her English language skills, her easygoing manner, and her willingness to understand and appreciate the challenges of a team project were outstanding. Of 4 visiting students in my laboratory over the last 15 years, SH is the brightest and the most motivated. Compared to other students in the Stanford Department of Genetics (a very talented group), she is in the upper 5% ; she is someone we would hope to recruit to Stanford as a postdoctoral fellow.

Deborah Yelon, Skirball Institute. FL is an excellent student with very strong scientific abilities. She could easily understand the conceptual basis for all of the experiments that she performed and she demonstrated great interest in our lab’s research program and papers. She was well prepared for this research experience and she approached all of her work enthusiastically. FL is a very talented experimentalist. She adeptly learned and performed a number of new techniques, and she was very flexible with troubleshooting and problem solving. She works in a very independent, organized, and professional manner. As a result of her excellent practical skills, FL produced a significant amount of original data. Following up on the prior work of a postdoc, FL identified the causative mutation responsible for a cardiac morphogenesis defect in one of our lab’s zebrafish mutant lines. Through injection of morpholinos, FL generated additional evidence in support of the role of this gene. Finally, FL learned a large amount of molecular biology while building a plasmid that we will for future overexpression experiments. It was very easy to work with FL.. She learned techniques from several members of our group, and they all enjoyed training her. She was an excellent lab citizen and always handled herself maturely and responsibly. She has a quiet, reserved, and pleasant personality. FL exceeded my expectations for what she could achieve over the course of her internship. She is a wonderful scientist and will surely be successful in a Ph.D. program.

Benjamin White, NIH, Bethesda. I was very impressed by K’s high level of understanding of his project. Before coming to the lab, he prepared by reading several relevant papers, and upon arrival he quickly learned the remaining essentials and applied himself to the work. He showed an eagerness to learn as much as possible while in my laboratory, both about the various projects we are pursuing and about the techniques we use. At laboratory meetings and in personal conversations he listened with understanding and consistently asked questions that indicated a probing intellect. Towards the end of his practicum, he presented a thoughtful and detailed summary of his work to the joint Group Meeting my laboratory holds weekly with a neighboring Drosophila lab. Kevin’s practical skills were excellent. He had no difficulty learning any of the technical aspects of the work. In fact, his quick mastery of microdissection techniques astonished the two postdoctoral fellows in the lab. In addition, he organized his time well and kept good records of his work. K fit in with my research group immediately. He interacted well with all members and was quite helpful, frequently volunteering to assist others with their work when he had free time. K acquired an excellent grasp of the theoretical underpinnings of the work he carried out in my laboratory. It was a pleasure to have K in the laboratory for five months. He is good-natured, bright, and works hard. My only regret is that he couldn’t stay longer !


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