A year later, I found myself involved with novel protein-engineered biomaterials, breast cancer and highly expensive equipment. The latter being a tad bit dangerous, considering my history of clumsiness. Still, the environment at Chalmers gave me the necessary skills, self-reliance to perform independent research.
Lasers, breast cancer, protein-engineered materials, Stanford-Chalmers collaboration and a master thesis. Does that catch your interest? Then continue reading. When I began my master studies at Chalmers, I had a faint idea towards the direction I wanted to take. I knew I wanted to work on something biological with a hint of materials in it. A year later, I found myself involved with a novel protein-engineered biomaterial, breast cancer and highly expensive equipment. The latter being a tad bit dangerous, considering my history of clumsiness. Still, the environment at Chalmers gave me the necessary skills, self-reliance to perform independent research.
The question is; how did I move from being a student taking courses to working in a high end multidisciplinary laboratory? The answer is the master thesis. The successful defense of the master thesis is a requirement for graduating from Chalmers. The choice of performing either a 30 credit (single semester) or a 60 credit (two semester) master thesis is the icing on the cake.
Let’s go into details. The 30 credit (single semester) master thesis is oriented towards application of learnt concepts; the emphasis on research is less. Its elder brother, the 60 credit (double semester) thesis is rather different. The purpose of the 60 credit thesis is to be a stepping stone into the world of doctoral studies. The project is usually developed from scratch, and the student is urged to execute their own experiments. The rather crucial factor between the 30 credit thesis and 60 credit thesis is the depth of the project. The 60 credit project is deeper, and instills a sense of research.
Unlike the 30 credit project where application rather than research is emphasized.
I chose to perform a 60 credit thesis. Why you ask? Well, having studied courses offered by my program (biomedical engineering) for a year; I understood and discovered my passion. Tissue engineering. Naturally, the next step was to gain a firmer, grasp on hold it. And that I did by designing, executing and analyzing my own experiments at a deeper level. You see, a 60 credit thesis is designed to be a stepping stone into the world of research; which is where I am headed.