Hey! My name is Robert Myers and I am a sophomore here at The College of New Jersey. I’m from a town called Piscataway in Middlesex County in Central Jersey. Each and every day I’m reminded how fortunate I am to be a part of the Gateway to Graduate School in Biology. My freshman year experience was simply phenomenal. The six mini-rotations exposed me to a wide variety of biological fields of research and allowed me to get a feeling as to whether or not I would like to pursue one such field during my time here at TCNJ. Not only was the knowledge about research I gained through my rotations fascinating, it also proved invaluable. My experience in research undoubtedly made me a strong applicant to Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). Fortunately I was accepted to The Gateways to the Laboratory Program sponsored by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at Weill Cornell / Rockefeller / Sloan-Kettering. The Gateways Program was a summer program created for rising sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing MD-PhD degree programs. The program was incredible and really gave me a sense of what an MD-PhD program is all about. I worked on my own project in a professional lab at The Hospital for Special Surgery with a current MD-PhD student, and an alumnus of TCNJ, Krzysztof Glomski as my lab mentor. I learned a lot about life as a scientist both from Krzysztof and my principal investigator, Dr. Carl Blobel. As part of the program, I also presented my research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium for undergraduates in Connecticut this summer. I learned a number of things about research and valuable skills and techniques as a scientist, and my research experience through GGSB played a huge role in my acceptance to such a prestigious program. As I returned to TCNJ, I was thrilled to learn that I had been paired with Dr. Erickson’s neurobiology and physiology lab. I had enjoyed learning about the research material as well as meeting Dr. Erickson and the other independent research students in the lab. This semester, I will be working closely with Dr. Erickson and the other research students to learn about the background material and the techniques used in the lab. I’m excited to begin learning as much as I can!