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Carnegie Mellon University

Research Intern

May - August 2021 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to be self-motivated in your research! It is a great experience, and you have agency over how much work you do each day, so make sure you are checking in with your advisor and keeping yourself on track.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Definitely how approachable the professor is.

What I wish was different

If it was much more guided in the beginning.

Advice

Be open to learn and try new things.
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Research Team Member

May - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Working with research team members from different majors.

What I wish was different

The experience was virtual because of the pandemic. Having it in person during a regular summer would’ve been more valuable .

Advice

Be open to working with others who have different experiences or background than you.
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College Teaching Assistant

May - July 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The pay rate. Getting a chance to better my understanding of the material.

What I wish was different

I wouldn't change anything.

Advice

Have fun
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

My advisors were very kind and patient. They understood that there was a steep learning curve when I joined since I had never dealt with electric vehicles before. They were also understanding that some weeks were harder than others and let me worked on my own schedule for the most part.

What I wish was different

I wish it were in person and not remote.

Advice

When it comes to remote work, make a strict schedule and stick to it as best as you can to get your work done.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked how I was able to really focus on research, giving me a lot more experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Design research assistant

June - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Loved doing remote work and the fact that it was only 30 hours per week. The material waste-streams research was very interesting, too.

What I wish was different

Not a thing. 'Twas a perfect job.

Advice

Take remote work where you can get it, even when the pandemic is over.
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HCII Summer REU

May - July 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Working remotely on a solo team limited the scope of what I was able to handle for the summer. Prioritize working on larger group projects than solo projects.

Advice

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Biology Research Intern

July - October 2020 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Experiencing a new type of research-computational as opposed to wet lab.

What I wish was different

More structured

Advice

Be proactive at your job and it will be a better experience
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Research

July - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I was able to have my first research experience

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in person

Advice

Keep looking for experience opportunities for the summer! I didn't find this until late May.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

the professor was super helpful, and we had weekly one on one's. I also liked having a lot of freedom in the project

What I wish was different

It was a remote experience, which meant I didn't have access to tools like good soldering irons. Not the employer's fault at all though, it just wasn't the most optimal situation

Advice

always communicate with your professor! they're always very helpful and you learn something new every time
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Cooperative environment, incredible mentorship from guiding graduate student

What I wish was different

Perhaps more responsibility with experiements

Advice

Many professors won't respond to requests to take on an undergrad, don't be discouraged! It's mostly a numbers game
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