Stephen Early

"Resilience is key. Getting started on a research project will surely involve a lot of failure and experiments that don’t go as planned, but learning about how to get back on your feet, learning from these failures, and using them as touch points is what will be the most impactful part of the research process."

Student using glass pipette in the lab

Hometown: Groveland, MA

Major(s): Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering

Current Research Group: Blackwell


What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Chemical Biology/Biochemistry.

Why did you get involved in research?

After the first few lectures of my introductory and organic chemistry classes, I came to the realization that I wanted to be like my professors- having the wonderful job of asking questions all day, leading a research group to revel in these questions, and teach courses to inspire the next generation of scientific minds. Furthermore, I wanted to become involved in research in hopes of learning the ways in which we as humans are able to create new knowledge about the world around us.

What has been the scariest/most challenging part of research?

The most challenging part of science is learning through trial and error how to become and independent scientific thinker. But once you get to the point of being confident in your ideas, you will feel forever grateful for the power scientific inquiry grants us as people.