A Day in the Life of Robert Jimenez, a Summer Research Immersion Student

Posted by Junior Cortney Hafkin on October 28, 2016

What did you do this summer? Robert Jimenez, a double major in neuroscience and philosophy, remained at Binghamton and participated in the Summer Research Immersion (SRI) Program, dedicating his summer to weeks of in-depth research in the University's labs. Find out what it's like to live a day in the life of an SRI participant.

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Why would anyone sacrifice their beloved summer, out of the sun, to immerse themselves in a lab? Robert's desire to go to medical school persuaded him to dedicate his summer to learning how to perform essential scientific research that could potentially be carried over and used to benefit his future dream profession. 

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Year: Junior
Major: Neuroscience and Philosophy
Career aspirations: Interested in pursuing a career in the medical field
Clubs/organizations: Research assistant in the lab of Professor of Psychology Christopher Bishop and a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Fun Facts:

  • Transferred during the spring semester of his freshman year from SUNY New Paltz 
  • Works at a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities 8 hours per week
  • Volunteer EMT at home 
  • Favorite things to eat on campus: Mein Bowl's General Tso's chicken and now Hinman's Subway sandwiches
  • Favorite place to study on campus: The Science Library

Step into Robert's shoes

Schedule of Robert's busiest day:

8:30 a.m. -- Wake up

9-11 a.m. -- Mentor at Johnson City Middle School

Noon-1 p.m. -- Physics Lecture

1:10-3:15 p.m. -- Study and eat

3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Physics discussion

4:40-6:50 p.m. -- Study and eat 

7-9 p.m. -- Chemistry quizzes and tests

9:15-11:30 p.m. -- Hang out with friends and watch Netflix/movies

11:30 p.m. -- Go to sleep 

The SRI Program

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The Summer Research Immersion (SRI) Program gives STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) students the opportunity to combine their academic studies with the experience of conducting real research. It also allows students to investigate important problems that yield publishable results in the areas of biomedical sciences, sustainable energy, environmental science, computer science and engineering. This can all lead to college and to future success. 

What did you typically do in the SRI program?​
"We tried to see if metal ions have an effect on glutamate transporter activity, which are just proteins that release or take up neurotransmitters such as glutamate." 

Do you believe that being a part of the SRI program was beneficial to your future?

"Yes, I believe that this was beneficial to my future because it allowed me to gain hands-on research experience that I would not have been able to gain anywhere else."

Interests and career aspirations

What made you decide to double major in neuroscience and philosophy?

"I decided to be a double major in neuroscience and philosophy because I want to be a neurologist in the future, which will allow me to help people."

Is there anywhere in particular you want to live after graduation?

"I hope to get into medical schools in the city so I can live in Manhattan after I graduate."

What is your dream job?

"My dream job is to become a neurologist so I will be able to make an impact on people's lives in the future."

Binghamton Pride

What is your favorite thing about Binghamton? What will you miss the most?

"My favorite thing about Binghamton are the friends that I have made. As a transfer student, I thought that my transition was going to be rough, but my friends have made the transfer effortless."

What is one thing that you have accomplished at Binghamton that you are the most proud of?

"One thing that I have accomplished at Binghamton that I am most proud of is all of the research that I did over the summer. I am honored to have been able to participate in research at such a young age."

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Robert and his mother, Indrid Perez

What are you the most grateful for?

"I am the most grateful for having the opportunity to partipate in the SRI program, and for my family and friends."

For more information about the Summer Research Immersion Program, visit binghamton.edu/sri.

Cortney Hafkin is a junior from Queens, N.Y. She is a member of Off Campus College Council and Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, and enjoys eating pizza and sushi. 

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