Katherine Williams

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.109-Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering, I really loved how we got to learn and do a bit of everything in this class! This was the first time that I saw the true breadth of Course 20, as we covered everything from RNAseq data analysis to building virus-powered batteries. I enjoyed how the class was a balance of both conceptual and hands-on projects and assignments. I continue to use the scientific writing skills I learned in this class to this day for lab presentations, research summaries, and more!

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
Hands-down the community. It is amazing being surrounded by peers whose intellectual curiosity and desire to make the world a better place push me to aim higher with my own goals. I am always amazed at how willing everyone is to help each other learn and provide support through tough times.

Where will you be next year?
Working as a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Gastroenterology at MGH.

Who deserves a shout-out?
Definitely my friends and family! I would not be here if it weren’t for my parents encouraging me to apply and instilling the belief in me that I can do anything I set my mind to. My friends also deserve a special shoutout, as they made this crazy, difficult journey an incredibly fun one as well.