At OSU, Wright Scholars were given the chance to build rudimentary speaker circuits and induction circuits. It was captivating to see students with different levels of familiarity regarding electrical engineering, work side-by-side to participate in this workshop, while laughing, learning and helping one another.
Different from the electrical engineering workshop, the C-STARS tour at University Hospital Cincinnati was a highly anticipated event for Wright Scholars interested in biomedical and pre-medical careers, as well as a riveting experience for their peers interested in other STEM disciplines. This tour gave Wright Scholars a chance to see how medical research and military protocol are interwoven in the real world in the form of a unique training unit that can be utilized by a range of medical professions to enhance their abilities to treat patients in combat zones and Air Force medical facilities.
Wright Scholars were also provided an opportunity to converse with military and civilian trauma surgeons during lunch, giving them a chance to talk face-to-face with healthcare professionals.
The C-STARS tour and OSU workshop were just two of the many distinct events Wright Scholars could participate in, and their stark differences only exemplify the diverse number of activities offered for a diverse group of young students.
What is the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program really all about? It involves working in AFRL on an individual research project under the guidance of a specialized mentor. Wright Scholars are rarely treated as just students but rather as contributing researchers with their own responsibilities and obligations.
Scholars are introduced to a unique topic of interest at the beginning of the summer and, for nine weeks, learn about and implement various research procedures, gather data, make observations and become proficient in their areas of study.
Hands-on participation and extensive mentorship allow scholars to not only learn about new areas of study, but also to make an impact by providing a helpful hand in legitimate research.
When asked what a professional working experience was like, Bellbrook High School student Rachel Kahler responded, “Overall, the experience was very humbling to be working directly with people who had masters and doctorates, and I learned to interact with those professionals, which I’m sure will benefit me later on in life.”