Monday, September 23, 2013

The Prelim

At the end of his first year of studies at UW, Landon had to participate in a formal evaluation process with all of his peers. They call it the "Preliminary Examination," although it's more like an oral defense.

He spent his summer combing through research articles, working on lab results, and preparing a paper that was submitted to his committee. Then, last Friday, he gave a 20 minute presentation and was then questioned for an hour! The whole thing sounded completely exhausting to me.
Landon is such a great example to me of what hard work, a good attitude, and treating people with respect can accomplish. He always blows people away in this type of setting because he is brilliant, but also because he gives a lot of thought to his work and is always very prepared to meet challenges head-on. He's also not afraid to ask his own questions.
Needless to say, he passed his prelim. :) Walter and I are so proud of him! We took him out for a celebratory lunch...and then had brownies for dinner. Don't judge, it was kind of a big deal.
One year down, 3 (ish?) to go! We're on our way...

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