Daniel Kita
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As an undergraduate I developed a foundation in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology, which gave me an exciting glimpse of the intricacy and complexity of these disciplines. Studying at the graduate level has allowed me to broaden and grow upon that foundation. I knew that the PhD program at UMass Amherst would provide me with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful and competitive scientist; therefore, the decision to pursue a PhD was a logical one. This conclusion was based on many well thought-out factors, the most important of which being the desire to continue a very interesting and rewarding project, the learning and training experience that will prepare me to lead rather than follow in my future endeavors, and the pride in obtaining such a prestigious degree.