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Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Research Intern

April 2021 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Flexible hours; Pleasant atmosphere; Helpful co-workers and supervisors

What I wish was different

More available resources to better understand research topic

Advice

Make sure to take thorough notes on research topics, procedures, and logs in order to gain the most out of the experience.
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Research Assistant

June - August 2021 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked how much research is being done at the University of Michigan, and how there is so much support for undergraduate summer research. Overall, an amazing experience!

What I wish was different

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Research Assistant

September 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Opportunity to learn different techniques used in Microbiology labs

What I wish was different

Wish I had more chances to do more experiments

Advice

Reach out to lots of labs and do not give up because there are lots of openings, just not a lot of advertisements for them
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research assistant in immunology

April 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

hands-on experience and cooperation

What I wish was different

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Advice

don't be afraid to ask questions and advocate for yourself. if you don't ask to see things and experience new concepts and techniques, they won't do it for you.
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Nursing Assistant

May 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I absolutely love my job. I get to work with babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and adults. My coworkers are really nice and supportive as well.

What I wish was different

There is not much I can say regarding this topic. My workplace has been a great experience. I think the only thing I am trying to get used to now is the new layout of every clean hold room that was recently implemented by Michigan Medicine.

Advice

One piece of advice is to never doubt your importance. When I first started, I would always think that my role is not anything special compared to a nurse, provider, PT, etc. However, I now know that I am just as vital as any other role in the hospital. Even though we all different roles, we are all needed!
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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I was able to perform full-time research at a new institution which allowed me to gain an understanding of what my graduate school experience may be like in a STEM Ph.D. program. I also enjoyed being able to make close connections with faculty and other fellows through weekly seminars and other events.

What I wish was different

I would have liked if the summer program was one or two weeks longer as this would have allowed me to complete my project but the ten week program provides a strong structure and this was certainly not a major issue.

Advice

Advocate for yourself and your skills to make strong connections with faculty and other students. These connections will help build your professional network and are essential for moving forward in a career in biomedical research.
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Program assistant intern

June - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the experience and some of the assignments that I was asked to perform

What I wish was different

I wish that the hours were longer to be able to make more money.

Advice

Do your best
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Research Assistant

April 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Working with subjects in the study, and learning the computer programs the research uses.

What I wish was different

I wish I had asked more questions about what was going on, so I could have learned more when I was in the lab.

Advice

Show up and make good impressions by working hard and showing that you care.
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Student Researcher

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved how I learned a great deal about health disparities, which is something I am very passionate about. I also loved how I got the opportunity to research a topic I had never been exposed to before, so I learned so much in just 3 months. I am now able to articulate responses to questions about the interesting topic.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you!
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Research Assistant

October 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Great pay and benefits. High chance of a return offer. Flexible hours.

What I wish was different

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Research Assistant

October 2018 - September 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I worked with an incredible research team and received a lot of support from my boss/mentor who continues to meet with me and give me academic and career advice

What I wish was different

Advice

It was very informative to explore different areas of the University of Michigan
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Research Assistant I

May 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The opportunity to do independent research on a topic I was interested in was awesome. I learned a lot of skills related to design, manufacturing and coding that make me a more valuable engineer.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have come in with more experience, so that the beginning of my experience wasn’t as slow.

Advice

Reach out to people! I got this position just by emailing researchers who were doing things that sounded interesting to me. The best way to set yourself up for opportunities is by opening the door for yourself.
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Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved the program I was in, and how it exposed me to a lot of different physiology research going on. I liked meeting other students from around the country and hearing their perspectives and experience. It was also useful how they brought in speakers to tell us about their research and especially why they chose to do a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a little bit more variety in the research I was doing.

Advice

Keep track of your results and why you are doing experiments throughout the summer! It will make the final presentation much easier.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

November 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The lab instructor is a very nice person and very accomodating

What I wish was different

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Data Entry Clerk

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved learning about Audiology and how to read Audiograms. By being in the clinic every day, I learned a lot about patient interaction and how the process works to do an Audiogram. I also learned how to be an assist and teach kids how to do a conditioned response to a hearing test.

What I wish was different

At times, this job was very boring. Entering data from audiograms ever day can be a little tedious and I wish I had a chance to observe more or aid in other ways around the office.

Advice

This was a great way to get involved in a community to which I belong. I would advise future students to look in places you might not expect or at a section of your career sector that you might not know a lot about because you will learn a lot.
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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

This institution is renounced for their research. Coming from our small cancer center at BYU, it was a whole new world. The people were brilliant that I got to work with but it wasn’t an Uber competitive environment between labs. Everyone was there to help everyone, it was awesome.

What I wish was different

Honesty I have no improvements to offer, my summer exceeded my expectations.

Advice

Be ready to jump in and learn. It is expected that you will make mistakes. Be ready to be humbled and learn a ton!
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Computer Operator

April 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Gained experience with C, C++ Resume booster

What I wish was different

More web based experience

Advice

Apply for internships as early as posisble
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Lab assistant

June 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked how relevant my work was to what I want in my career. I liked the challenge and the chance to work with real messy biological data.

What I wish was different

The job wasn't as structured as I would have liked and there were some points where I was lost as to what I needed to work on. This problem was mostly resolved as my lab network grew and I became more confident in my abilities

Advice

Get to know your co-workers. My job became much more fun and productive as I started working and talking more with the people in my lab group.
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Craniofacial Research Assistant

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The opportunity to work in an NIH funded research lab was one of the most interesting and unique experiences I have ever had, and something that I never would have had the opportunity to do at home. Learning about something that applies to my future while conducting medical research was extremely rewarding and very valuable to me, and knowing that our work in the lab will help extend the quality of life for real patients in the future is something I will always find very gratifying.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more time in the lab now that school has started, but I was extremely happy with the amount of work I was able to accomplish this summer.

Advice

Find a lab with a group of like minded researchers and assistants that want to get the same experience as you, and do not be afraid to be forward with what you want to get out of the experience. There are plenty of ways to approach research, whether you just want to get published, or if you have a genuine interest in the research, and that will dictate how you approach your work. Let your managers and PI's know what you're looking for, and they will help you.
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Research Assistant

April 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Very flexible, given my own sub-project to work on independently so I felt like an important part of the team.

What I wish was different

n/a

Advice

It's ok to do a lot of reading the literature to better understand the subject.
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