https://in.nau.edu/pmi/

The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI)

Student Research Software Engineer

June 2018 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

Wonderful, supportive advising/supervision, amazing opportunities to build software and develop research publications, great co-workers.

What I wish was different

Honestly, nothing. This has been an ideal experience.

Advice

If you're excited about the work you could do here, apply. Don't wait until you have an ideal resume. Enthusiasm and hard work matter most.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

January 2019 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

I really loved getting involved in the various research projects because I felt it helped me get a more well-rounded view of different types of research projects and different techniques used in various projects. I also got the chance to help make a protocol for a project, so that was great experience.

What I wish was different

During the summer we all worked 40 hours per week and got things done fast there were some times when I had nothing to do. I wish I hadn't gone through the projects so fast as I do in the school year when I only work 20 hours a week so I could have had last gap periods.

Advice

Work hard and actively look for ways you can make a small part of your PIs project into your own project, because its not only beneficial to you but to the PIs as well since they get a view of their project they never thought of before.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June 2019 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

Extremely supportive network of people helping each other learn and advance.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

January 2018 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

I love the environment, the people, the research, the location, and pretty much everything about PMI.

What I wish was different

I don't think I would change anything about my job

Advice

Don't be afraid to apply! It is worth it, 100%. You don't even need lab experience beforehand, I didn't. Just take time on the application and you have a great chance!
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Student Research Software Engineer

June 2018 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

Strong focus on learning and professional growth Contributions to open-source software Support developing a conference poster and travel funding Opportunities for research credit, independent study, co-authorship

What I wish was different

Nothing. The Caporaso Lab team has been fantastic.

Advice

Come in ready to work hard, operate independently, fail repeatedly, and to learn a ton.
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