Spotlight on geekStarters: Dennis Kim

Spotlight on geekStarters: Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim – member of the 2014 Calgary iGEM team and dedicated geekStarter mentor ever since

10 Quick Questions for Dennis

  1. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

I work hard, play harder and… probably worry the hardest.

  1. What do you love the most about your work/school?

I love learning new scientific concepts and trying to integrate them into my current understanding of the world. Discussing your interpretations with like-minded people certainly makes it more fun and enriching. I think science makes you feel like a permanent tourist in the world and that’s great!

  1. What is your best accomplishment so far?

I would say my role in the 2014 Calgary iGEM team. It was the first time I got to participate in a major project outside of the classroom with my peers, while directly applying what I learned in school. The skills and memories I received through the iGEM Calgary team are some of my most cherished from university.

  1. What is something you are working towards right now?

Over the long term, I am working towards becoming a physician so I can serve with the Canadian Forces overseas. For now, I am getting my finances in order to hopefully meet this goal.

  1. How do you like to spend your downtime?

I enjoy watching movies, reading pop physics books and trying unusual foods. If time permits, I also like taking long, scenic drives to national parks on the weekend.

  1. What is something you can’t imagine your life without?

Definitely my family – they are a constant source of support and I owe all of my accomplishments to their encouragement in some part. A close second would be coffee. It is probably my greatest tool and I don’t go a day without at least one cup!

  1. What is one thing that people will be surprised to hear about you?

I had to outgrow two sets of baby teeth. Naturally, I was very enthusiastic about the tooth fairy as a child.

  1. What is something you are afraid of?

Anything with more than eight legs. I can’t be in the same room as a centipede, but I learned to appreciate arachnids after spending some time with tarantulas. I think have an inherent fear of anything that moves unpredictably…

  1. What would you like your work to be ten years from now?

I can’t predict exactly what, but I would prefer something related to medicine or pharmaceuticals. I hope to do something that is emotionally satisfying and gives me opportunities to fully apply myself, whatever that may be.

  1. What is one thing you appreciate about geekStarter?

Giving a chance to young people who have yet to make their mark. I think being new to a certain field brings plenty of challenges and I appreciate how geekStarter makes this more manageable through opportunities for personal development and the application of skills in real-world scenarios. As an advocate of popular science, I also respect geekStarter’s philosophy of raising interest in STEM among all age-groups.