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This class was one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA, all under the guidance of Dr. Loyd. She is the most helpful professor to have for Lemelson classes, and having her as the last professor for the program before submitting your thesis is a lifesaver. I remember feeling so lost about my thesis at some point, and I met with Dr. Loyd to discuss it more in depth. Her guidance and sheer belief in my abilities pushed me to work harder and not lose hope. She is an incredible professor and overall human being. I feel confident in my video-editing skills and writing abilities after her guidance.
Dr. Loyd is an encouraging and supportive professor, especially helping the Lemelson cohort find confidence in our work. I remember my fellow cohort members and me fumbling with the concept of being "experts" in our chosen topics, particularly during this last course in the Lemelson series. Dr. Loyd helped us overcome our imposter syndrome and be comfortable presenting and defending our projects in class, at the Lemelson Conference, and at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Week Showcase. Her consistent support helped me and my fellow Lemelson scholars gain confidence in our research projects and have a sense of accomplishment once submitting our papers and presentations at the end of the class.
My advice for this class is to be completely open about your feelings and concerns, as a considerable part of this last Lemelson course is to figure out your voice as a researcher. Dr. Loyd's class creates the perfect environment to discover what that voice is and help hone that into your project as you push toward graduation. Logistically, this is a class to finish up your Lemelson project, but take advantage of using this opportunity for self-reflection. Good luck! You got this!
Dr. Loyd is a fantastic mentor who cares deeply about her students and their projects. As the last seminar of the Lemelson program, it's essential to stay on course--and she is determined to see you through the finish line.
My advice is to attend every seminar (don't miss it!), be open and honest about issues and problems that you've run into, and work with Dr. Loyd to address those obstacles and clear the way for you to finish up your project and thesis. She will push you, but you must be proactive and willing to put in the effort at the end of the day.
In addition to a wealth of advice on finishing the thesis and conference presentation, she will invite Lemelson alum to speak about their experiences. They are also a great source of advice for you, especially as all of them have had similar difficulties as you (trust me, bro). If you know how to ask for help, you will receive it.