Rishab - Think Big!

Hello everyone!

It’s Rishab and I’m back with my second blog post. I can’t believe that it is already week two. For the past week, I have been working on narrowing down my ideas and identifying potential problem-solution pairs. It has been extremely helpful to have my mentor Dr. Demirgöz apply the knowledge in the scientific process and problem-solving that she has from her experience. I have learned how to make my research and idea building process much more efficient from making an effective pro and con chart as well as making constructive criticism on my ideas.

In the beginning, when brainstorming, it seemed difficult at first to come up with problems in our world with very little difficulties, but as I started thinking outside of the box, more ideas came in mind and I was able to start out with some broad topics.

I had come up with topics for problems that affected me, my family members or people I knew. I expanded these problems so a realistic problem statement could be made and the problem could be quantified to see how large it was.

The next step was to start narrowing down these topics, however, this is where the slope became slippery. I knew that all of these broad topics and ideas were interesting, but some might have been better than others.

I used the process of elimination for some of the topics because they were either already many existing solutions for topics or just simply because I didn’t have a passion to learn more about the topic.

My criteria were mainly just how big of a problem it was and my passion and strengths for making an innovation to solve the problem. I used my criteria to narrow down my ideas to the top 3. All three of these ideas were really interesting to me and started thinking of the various innovative solutions that I could make to help solve the problems. Some of these problems could help save thousands of lives; thinking big and out of the box really did help.

At this point, I’ve had a few meetings with my mentor and with guidance around the scientific procedure, I’ve been able to start finalizing my topic. Conducting a bit of research and constructing comparison charts have been very useful for me. I think that through curiosity, passion, and thinking big, 3M scientists are motivated to solve problems and create a better future. With their expertise and perfection of the scientific method, they can apply science to any problem and see it solved.

Young scientists, remember to think big.

Until next time,

Rishab Jain