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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Importance of Knowing the History of National Laboratories

The Importance of Knowing the History of National Laboratories
Recently, as you've been driving around your state, you've noticed that some of the national laboratories are offering either tours or bits of information about their history, and you're wondering what knowing the importance of such information could possibly be. Well, read on to find out!

Understanding the Experiments
When it comes to laboratories, the experiments conducted in such places are obviously at the heart of the operations. If you make the decision to go on a tour of one, you're not only going to learn about the history of the physical building, but you will also learn about the research performed and the knowledge gained in these walls. An important part of a lab's history is the great accomplishments that it has made for society and the world at large.

Individuals
You likely know of many advancements in medicine or science, but you might not know the source of them. With so much greatness in the world, it can be hard to pay attention to particular accomplishments. Learning about the history of national laboratories will give you the opportunity to do so. As you are going on a tour of the facility, you will certainly learn about the people who worked there. In fact, you may even have the opportunity to meet with some of them.

Academics
Of course, you might also want to learn about a national lab or two for a school project. Let's say that you are in an advanced biology class in high school or you are studying one of the hard sciences as your major in college. At some point, you will likely need to conduct some field work or to expand your knowledge beyond the classroom. Learning information and studying the famed scientists from a particular lab could be one pathway to success, much more informative than Wikipedia-ing.

Internships and Jobs
If you are attending college for a related degree and you have a national lab near by, you should absolutely ask the appropriate professional at your school if internship opportunities are arranged with the lab. If this is very important to you, then asking these questions would be a smart idea before you choose a school to attend. Having experienced with the revered National Laboratories would be a boon to your resume. If you think this is in your cards, then you should definitely get on this now and at the very least, go on one of those tours I mentioned before! When you are able to appreciate and explain the history to your interview committee someday, they will really see that you care about their work.

Knowing the history of such labs can really deepen your understanding of all that the establishment has accomplished in the years of its life, and it can also help to inspire you to make great accomplishments of your own.

Becka Hamilton writes about all things related to the health sciences. Her best work is about online public health degrees.

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