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Stevens Institute of Technology

Student Researcher

June - August 2021 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I really enjoyed the hands on experience and an opportunity to work on a project!

What I wish was different

I wish I could’ve had the experience in person, but that was a necessary precaution due to COVID-19.

Advice

Have an open mind! My research was process-based modeling which is someone I’d never considered pursuing, I just liked the Professor. Now, I have a new opportunity in the same field because of that experience I gained over the summer.
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Researcher

May - August 2021 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I loved getting the opportunity to work with my professors and conduct cutting edge physics research in such an interesting field as quantum photonics.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been on campus and spend more time in the lab and actually meeting with my professor.

Advice

Always try new things. I did not know if I would like the field of research (quantum photonics) or if I was even qualified. It was very interesting, I learned a lot, and I love quantum photonics! As an undergraduate, and even in life, there is always more to learn so do not be afraid that you do not know enough. Just be open minded and ready to learn.
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Student Researcher

May - June 2021 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

It gave me experience on writing part of a serious research paper and learning the effective way to get a survey out for people to fill out.

What I wish was different

I wish it was a little more hands on, but that definitely depends on the professor you work with as well as the research topic you are given to help on.

Advice

During the summer, it is hard to stay on top of work. I would advise to not leave the work until the last minute and to spread it out among a couple days. This ensure that you get the work done to the best of your ability and it is not rushed.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

July 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I loved being able to get hands-on experience doing work in a lab setting. I have also enjoyed being able to work part-time with a flexible schedule during the fall semester.

What I wish was different

I can't think of much that I dislike about the experience, I really enjoy doing research work but it can be frustrating when experiments don't work out the way you expect and hope they will.

Advice

I would encourage more undergraduates to ask their professors about the research that they do. A lot of interesting work goes on outside the classroom that I never would have known about until I asked some professors in my program.
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Researcher

May - August 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Freedom to direct the research in the direction of the project. Able to get hands on research during the COVID outbreak.

What I wish was different

More access to tools and a lab space rather than being at home.

Advice

Definitely don't be afraid to try out research, I had a great time and have continued it into this semester for credit.
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Economic Research Assistant

May - July 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

It was a great way to contribute to helping during this pandemic and it was a great learning experience interacting with professors and students.

What I wish was different

Overall it was good, the virtual meetings were sometimes difficult but the organization of the program was well done.

Advice

Definitely get involved and interact with your team members and professors to demonstrate your interest and effort
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Research

May - August 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Engaging and informational

What I wish was different

Advice

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Embedded Systems Software Developer

May 2020 • Castle Point, NJ

What I liked

I liked getting practical work experience for the first time. I got to work remotely with a professor and PhD student who were very accommodating and willing to listen to my input. I also enjoyed meeting with the rest of the lab every week to discuss my progress and hear how things were going for other students on their tangential projects. Plus it was great to know that my work was going to a good cause in assisting and preventing physical therapy.

What I wish was different

Every step of the way, administration hinted that things would not go well for us come competition time if we didn't spend most if not all of our free time continuing to work for free. Additionally, we were told we were not allowed to seek additional employment or we would be disqualified from the program. The requirements kept increasing throughout the summer, and the final competition with a cash prize had been cancelled with no communication.

Advice

Though the world is in hard times, it is still important to have an open communication channel with your team. That's how you get your work done and feel accomplished in the process.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Excellent mentorship from my professor

What I wish was different

Advice

Start looking for research opportunities early in the spring but don't give up early either
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2020 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I loved the individual support and the opportunity to work with a group on a meaningful project

What I wish was different

More structure to the project

Advice

Work with a professor you know and trust
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Counselor

June - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

It was straight forward

What I wish was different

The organization behind the program should have been better

Advice

Fun way to spend summer on campus
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Scholar

May - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Money and learning

What I wish was different

More money

Advice

Great for you resume
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I participated in a summer program at Stevens called Internship & Entrepreneurship Summer Scholars Program. The goal of the program was for non-pinnacle scholars to have an opportunity to conduct research and give them an opportunity to market their research. I really liked how we were motivated to present our research with the main goal of introducing it to the real world and being able to attract audience despite their background of knowledge and learn essential communication skills.

What I wish was different

Since majority of my peer scholars were aiming to patent their product, the majority of time we would focus was on patenting, whereas my project was research and information based so I was not really sure how I would go about marketing as it was barely discussed.

Advice

I really wish that the non-pinnacle scholars to take advantage of this program and it will not only give them an advantage to conduct research but also learn real-life skills when facing audience from all different fields.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I loved working with Dr. Zaferiou since I find her research very interesting and it was an honor to be part of the beginning of a new lab here at Stevens in the BME department.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Research assistant

June - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I had a lot of hands on work. I got to really think outside the box and come up with cool solutions.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been a little more structured. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t know what to do.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask question!!
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Tutor

June - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Being able to help other students with subjects I'm familiar with and enjoy.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had more options to alter my schedule.

Advice

There's a lot of downtime in the tutoring center.
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Summer Researcher

May - September 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I really enjoyed my introduction to machine learning

What I wish was different

Advice

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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Getting exposure to a lab setting

What I wish was different

More consistent working hours

Advice

Definitely is good for young students
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

I liked being able to do work on my own time and having a flexible schedule, I also really liked the topics I was working on

What I wish was different

I wish that it could have been longer, I missed a chunk of the summer because I was on vacation

Advice

Make sure to find a research job that really reflects what you're interested in and communicate with the Professor if you want to work on something different
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - July 2018 • Hoboken, NJ

What I liked

Learning how to manage time and data, working on a team

What I wish was different

Working with something more relevant to finance and working in programs other than Excel

Advice

Manage your time effectively
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