Vy Nguyen

APEX Fellowship | Vy Nguyen

October 27, 2020   /  

Major: Chemistry
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Matt Krain

Wilson Award

At VNU University of Science in Hanoi, Vietnam, I researched the plastic’s organic toxicity present in indoor air using analytical instruments and software to produce a scientific article.

Vy Nguyen will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:00am -12:00pm.

10 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Vy Nguyen”

  1. This research is fascinating! What surprised you most about your measurements of phthalates?

    1. Dr. Faust, thanks for your question! It was very interesting to find out that the phthalate concentration in air sample was the highest! That means the risk of phthalate exposure through air inhalation in Hanoi, Vietnam was higher than any other type of exposure such as dust, food digestion or cosmetic consumption.

  2. Great summary Vy! I really enjoyed hearing your reflections on how this has influenced your career and professional goals.
    How do the inter-personal interactions in the research lab in Vietnam compare with those you have observed or experienced at Wooster? Did you find similar approaches to the research process?

    1. Thank you so much for your question, Dr. Sobeck! I found my interactions with Vietnamese co-workers were pretty similar to what I have experienced in Wooster so far since I have many good friends after both experiences. However, since Vietnam is my home country and there were definitely some sorts of cultural differences here, my Vietnamese co-workers and I have many more hangouts after work, and when we are getting closer, the work within our team might not be shared equally 🙂 And in the US, it was much easier for me to reach out to my mentor for help than it was in Vietnam 🙂
      The facility and working environment in Vietnam was not as good as in the US, and the research process was far more challenging since not every equipment or material was available, and it took time to get the resources we need. However, I’ve learned to adapt and improvise a lot in those circumstances.

  3. Vy,
    This is a wonderful explanation of the internship experience that you had. I was so glad to see how much you contributed to the team’s research efforts, and how much the experience has impacted your own understanding and academic and career goals. It was particularly great to see a picture of your work in the lab itself, something that I know you wish you had more time to be able to do.
    Great job!

    1. Thank you so much professor Matt Krain! Your advice and support during the summer really motivated me to successfully finish my internship.

  4. What a nice narrative about your summer experience, Vy. It’s exciting to learn how it has helped you focus on areas of environmental interest, and I’m sure your professors were smiling to hear your understanding of the application of your academic work! Congratulations.

  5. Sorry I’m a little late getting to this (it took me a while to watch all the videos today), but just wanted to say great job! I really enjoyed this presentation.

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