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Undergraduate Researcher

October 2020 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I was able to move up in this position relatively quickly, moving from volunteering to work for college credit to paid work.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Keep an open mind and stick to it, because you might end up loving it after a while when you become more accustomed to the environment and the research.
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Mechanical Engineering Researcher

June 2021 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I really enjoyed getting to work in a mechanical engineering lab with graduate students of my study. I learned so much about subjects that I had not yet encountered in classes, and got to have an inside look at what graduate or post-doc work is like. I worked on an independent project, but had ample support from my mentors.

What I wish was different

I do wish I had a little more interaction with faculty during this process.

Advice

I would encourage any undergraduate to pursue a research experience at their university, especially such a great research university such as Boston University. While intimidating at first, this is a great chance to learn from graduate students with similar experiences and gain confidence in your own abilities.
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Biology Research Intern

April 2021 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The research process and the people I worked for

What I wish was different

It was remote, which was convenient but it would’ve been nice to have an in person experience

Advice

Time management is key
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

April 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Ability to perform research as part of a rapidly developing lab performing cutting edge research

What I wish was different

The timing of the opportunity being posted being different would've allowed me to apply for funding

Advice

Stay determined. It's easy to get dejected when things aren't working out but they will.
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Psychologist Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I liked how much responsibility I was given so quickly and how lab members were so hard working and cooperative.

What I wish was different

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Researcher

May - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Allowed for both independent and collaborative work

What I wish was different

A larger group of coworkers would have been nice.

Advice

It’s good to be ambitious and to go beyond what you are asked to do.
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Social Science Research Assistant

June - July 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Really great opportunity to participate in a clinical lab, attend professional lab meetings, and interface with graduate and doctoral students.

What I wish was different

I wish I'd run more studies while there, but with limited time, it just didn't happen.

Advice

Getting involved with a clinical lab is one of the best things that someone interested in Psychology can do. We don't have as much access to professional-type or clinical labs through the 5C's, but getting recommendations from your PI's or grad students for other labs can be a great way to get started. It's also great for networking, but is unpaid so it's best to seek out grants ahead of time.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I loved my coworkers and my boss! Our lab environment was so fun to be in and we always made sure to have weekly group meetings to check in and make sure everything was going well. Everyone wanted to help each other out, and we formed a great community.

What I wish was different

I was working on one specific project all summer— I wish I could have dipped my toes into different aspects of the lab but I didn’t have enough time as I was only there for the summer.

Advice

If you’re interested in psychology or eventually getting a PhD, working in a lab as a research assistant is super important! It teaches you important skills that you will need later and also looks great on the resume.
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Research

May 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Getting wet lab experience and partaking in setting up study protocols

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I loved working with a close-knit, open-minded, friendly team of other research assistants, graduate students and a principal investigator who was very open to feedback and input. The working hours were flexible but there was a good understanding of day-to-day duties. We were given the autonomy to make active decisions while being guided by the graduate student about the expectations of the job.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were more projects ongoing at the lab while we were there. Two projects were completed midway through the summer and therefore towards the end, we had more free time. I have heard it's more hectic during school year time and I wish we also had an experience as hectic as that.

Advice

I would advice that you need to make the most of your experience on your own. No one is going to hand you experience and work on a platter - that's just how the professional, adult world is. So, it's important to take active steps on your own to make things happen for you whether that is by talking to more people, building on contacts, asking for informational interviews, or offering input/suggestion about ongoing research. Make your voice heard. It's hard but important.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - October 2018 • Boston University, MA

What I liked

I liked learning about the whole research process. This included the project proposal process, data gathering, and data analysis

What I wish was different

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Research Assistant

May 2017 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I love that I had to do intense research for the entire time I am here. I learned to work cooperatively and effectively with my coworkers. Most importantly, I improved well on my worth ethic.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to cooperate more with my fellow peers, especially other undergraduates.

Advice

Definitely learn from your mistakes and improve accordingly. It will improve us for the better.
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Neuroscience Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The lab was super helpful and pushed everyone to do their best, but also provided scaffolding and structure to understand what we were studying.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the ability to work longer on the project! Since I was working on a multiyear study I want to go back and see the progress that has been made.

Advice

Make sure to put in the time to understand what you're doing and why it is helpful - it is important for everyone in the lab to be on the same page in terms of the work that is being done. Also, don't be afraid to ask others for help and advice!
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Graduate Research Assistant

June 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Email all the faculty in the department you want to go into. Ask for openings or if you can help them in any way.
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Research Assistant

January 2017 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Flexible, lowkey, great coworkers!

What I wish was different

Advice

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orientation leader

May - September 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

ability to meet incoming students

What I wish was different

the work schedule / compensation

Advice

The job is very emotionally demanding. If you can't handle that, maybe it isn't the right fit.
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Student Advisor of Orientation

May - September 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I loved working with the students and helping new students get integrated to the campus of Boston University. I hadn't visited BU before I came for orientation so I related a lot to the students who were in the same boat.

What I wish was different

I wish that the job was a little less high stress.

Advice

You learn so much about the university and resources through this job.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Being able to experience the culture of Boston.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Registeration Assistant

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I loved the office environment and I made good friends with the other students and employees in the office. Additionally, the opportunity to gain more experience with event planning, working events, and customer services was very useful.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would say that never hesitate to ask for help! I can be embarrassing or scary, but, in the end, asking for help gives you an opportunity to learn and grow from your mistakes.
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Astronomy Research Assistant

March 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Interesting use of different media and tools.

What I wish was different

More differentiation in tasks.

Advice

Try something new!
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