I am really enjoying my summer so far at SJTU. Everyone in my lab is very helpful and have given me opportunities to get involved in real research projects. My first project involved the synthesis of an important compound for the synthesis of new drug molecules, which enabled me to experience designing experiments, using software such as SciFinder, and practical lab work. My second project is the initial research phase of developing a new sensor for detecting toxins common in some Chinese medicines and food. My professor treats me just like another PhD student in the lab, allowing me to design and plan my own project independently, use the high-quality research equipment, and complete hands-on experiments. Being able to take charge of my own project is a fantastic opportunity to find out what research in China is like as well as being great preparation for future projects.