I first met Drake in his Biological Pathways class, where he showed an aptitude for science that I have seen in very few students of his age. For example, during class I posed a question to the entire lecture hall asking if anyone had an idea for a possible experimental design. Out of 240 students, Drake was the only one to raise his hand and volunteer. Not only did he show great confidence and poise, he also designed a very simple yet encompassing experiment. Impressed, I invited him to conduct research in my lab, which he agreed to. Over the next year, Drake demonstrated an enormous capacity for individual work. Once when I was away at a conference for a week, he not only completed a project that I had anticipated would take him three weeks, but he also creatively solved many of the issues related to the experiment. He is great at critical thinking and keeps his composure in tough situations.