I am an optical engineering intern for The Schepens Eye Research
Institute and Harvard Medical School within the Dr. Peli laboratory. I work on several projects that are
designed to help people with low vision. As part of a project team, I design
prism lens systems to aid patients with hemianopia (loss of a portion of the
visual field due to stroke or traumatic brain injury). I also conduct work that
helps assist and train low vision patients to drive better via our driving
simulator. In addition, I work with lab members, designing low vision
applications for Google Glass.
To find an internship in optical research, the most important
step was sending out countless emails. I contacted more than a dozen researchers
around Boston who worked in a relevant field—and I received only a few return emails.
However, with the people who did take the time to return my interest I was
quite persistent and expressed a strong interest. In the end, that persistence paid
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