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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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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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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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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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