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Testimonial from Dheevena Bachu, FSI 2017
"First of all, thank you so much for giving me a chance to participate in the program. I loved my summer at FSI and took a lot away from the experience. The program not only offered me an opportunity to explore my inner self and come out of my bubble, but also provided clarity and gave me confidence to choose my career path. Since I was a child, I have always admired health care providers, their impact on the community, and wondered if I could become one. After being exposed to so many science topics and challenging myself with an organic chemistry research project (at FSI), I am more than confident to move forward in that direction. Now I realize nothing excites me more than seeing myself saving lives. I will always be grateful to you, the Zimmerman family, and the Union Pacific Foundation for this great experience. I will be a proud sponsor of FSI one day."
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Below are student and staff comments regarding their FSI experiences...
‘Frontiers of Science was a turning point for me and made me realize I could compete in a male dominated field of science. I learned that science is the true magic in the world and understanding that magic leads to breakthroughs. Frontiers of Science prepared me for the rigors of Medical School much better than four years of college. I gained confidence in my reasoning abilities and enjoyed the collaboration of fellow students and staff. It was the best!’ ~Shirley Isgar ‘66
‘I am very grateful to UNC and my participation in the FSI program. I think it broadened my horizons and helped my college application to MIT. I met some amazing people, one of whom has stayed in touch for 40 years! ~Grace Malloy Rokosz ‘76
'FSI was one of the most rewarding experiences in my scientific career. The multidisciplinary topics that I was exposed to through the program helped me to bring into focus how all of the sciences interact- it was also my first real opportunity to do independent laboratory research. The various field trips and places we visited throughout Colorado were truly eye opening and remain some of my most vivid memories- I will always cherish my time at FSI!' ~Leslie Gapter '88
‘As I reminisce about my FSI experience 13 years ago, I realize that summer helped to motivate and mold the person I am today. FSI invigorated my passion for science, specifically astrophysics, in an atmosphere where I could pursue my interests and explore questions I could not pose at home. My mentor granted me my first taste of actual scientific research - not just problem sets - but real, original discoveries into the nature of the cosmos. The classes were a breath of fresh air compared to the mundane courses at my high school. And I had the great opportunity to build solid friendships with other science enthusiasts. I still stay in touch with several FSI’ers from 2003. But most importantly, FSI helped to develop my character and individuality. It was my first time living an extended period of time away from home, and FSI gave me a glimpse into adulthood as I attempted to balance classes, research, and time with friends and family. I am eternally grateful for FSI and the staff, mentors, and sponsors who make it possible.’ ~Maxwell Moe ‘03
‘FSI not only was the best 6 weeks of my high school career, it allowed me to open up as a young scientist and really explore who I could become as a college student and an individual. There are so many great memories that go along with the Frontiers of Science Institute and I thank all of the students, mentors, teachers, coordinators and RAs who made it all happen.’ ~Benita Mondragon Wilson '08
‘I really attribute FSI as the launching point for my career - I owe so much to the program. Amazing internships (NASA JSC, GE Aviation, Boeing), networks, and opportunities (Google beta testing) all opened themselves up to me after my own curiosity got the better of me and I reached for the stars during my time there.’ ~Christopher Vanik ‘09
Summer's at FSI are memorable, to be sure. From field trips, to the classroom, to life in a UNC residence hall, 28-38 high school scholars from Colorado, as well as out-of-state, enjoy their summer immersed in collegiate-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula led by a highly competent and energized summer staff consisting of three instructors and two resident advisors each year.
Dean Zeller, 2016 FSI instructor/UNC Lecturer in the Mathematics & Computer Science Department had this to say of his FSI experience… In all, FSI is the single most professionally gratifying class I have taught in my 20-year career. It satisfied every requirement of my original dream of a decade ago, and had many unexpected benefits. It was a truly grand experience; one I hope to experience again in my future.