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to explore and educate myself in the forefront of the intersection between biology, computer science, engineering, and physics. Being familiar with research, I am very interested in extending the work I have done with Mirny Lab to new grounds and MIT provides the ideal environment for applying these methods to real world problems and practical applications. My initial research experience was at PROMYS (Program for Research in Mathematics for Young Scientists, http://www.promys.org/). It was metamorphic because it gave me the true comprehensive experience of what it is like to be a researcher in math and science. My fellow researchers and I would look for fascinating results in open--ended research problems while simultaneously learning and being inspired by the problem sets that were given daily. Everyone there would encourage and motivate each other to solve more challenging problems, all while Dr. Stevens gave us a gentle and guiding hand on how we should progress with our research. Every nanosecond spent on our research was and still is precious to us. Every moment I spent working on my research while at PROMYS was like taking a bite of a decadent, soft, and delectable hot fudge brownie sundae on a hot summer’s eve. Occasionally, we would get so engrossed programming detailed computer simulations for our research that we would forget to sleep. Another reason why PROMYS turned over a new leaf was because of some of the people who came to guest lecture there. Three particularly distinguished lecturers were Mr. Nikesh Arora, the Senior Vice President at Google, Dr. Mikael Dolsten, the President of Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer, and Ms. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Mikael Dolsten gave a talk about Pascal’s simplexes and it’s relation in genomics, cancer formation, and drug design. I found this talk especially enthralling because it renewed my interest in using mathematics to find a solution to real world problems. We had an opportunity to present our mathematical research on partitions and Ramanujan numbers to Ms. Sandberg. The feedback we received from her was very positive and insightful. She enjoyed our presentation and discussion so much that she took us on a helicopter ride to view Boston from above! The whole experience of presenting to someone of that merit was rapturous, and I would love to have many more experiences resembling those. I am currently studying organic polymers and how their behavior and structure is similar to the behavior and path of random walks. It is very fascinating that complex organic molecules’ behavior can be approximated with such a simple mathematical construct. I have had the opportunity to present my research work on the “Global Positioning of Interphase Chromosomes Mediated by Local Chromatin Interactions” (abstract in supplemental information packet) at the Cold Spring Harbor Conference on the Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function (http://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.html , 09/27-10/01). This is one of the things I am most proud of having spent months on it including night and day during summer. Not only did we present our results to the researchers at the conference, we also met very interesting people and laid the groundwork for a plethora of future collaborations, one of which is already in progress. The opportunity to interact with and present to these esteemed scientists is something truly unique, and I am humbled by this experience as it demonstrates how much I have yet to learn. I believe that the opportunity to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology will expand my knowledge and magnify my ability to solve research problems and one day engineer life-changing systems. I have always strived to do something that will have a benevolent impact on the world, and I wish to one day be able to look back at my work to proudly say that something I created had an impact on every single human being on the planet.