Tina Feng

A passion for science has helped forge a path of success for Canadian Tina Feng.

That passion runs in Feng’s family—her young brother, who is hard of hearing, graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

“My brother and I went to the same mainstream school in Toronto,” she says. “Throughout college, he was my private tutor for chemistry.”

Feng earned an associate degree in Laboratory Science Technology in May 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience in February 2013. She now is planning to continue her graduate studies in Bioinformatics in RIT’s Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences in the fall.

Feng has made the most of her time at RIT/NTID, completing four cooperative work experiences, first at the University of Rochester in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. She also completed two co-ops with Merck—one as a science intern in Rahway, N.J., and the second as a manufacturing science intern in West Point, Pa. Her final internship was as an Environmental Marine Biology Researcher at Gallaudet University.

Active outside of the lab, Feng has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations, and plans to continue her involvement as well as exploring other opportunities for involvement while pursuing her graduate degree. 

“RIT is an extremely deaf-friendly environment,” she says. “We have highly skilled ASL interpreters for classes and extracurricular activity. I’ve been fortunate to go to conferences and present research projects with my professors.” 

Feng reminds students not to be afraid to ask for help. “Take advantage of all the available resources such as the NTID support teams, who provide one-on-one tutoring to help you with homework, prepare for exams, clarify various scientific concepts and more.”

She turns to another scientist, Albert Einstein, for inspiration: “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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