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Research Fellow

June 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked that I had the chance to research in a topic that may have been understudied or not really mentioned in media. It was also great to meet others from different colleges or universities.

What I wish was different

Advice

iSchool Inclusion institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program prepares for graduate studies and careers in the information sciences. It gives undergraduate students the chance to develop their own research projects with the possibility to be published.
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Customer Care Assistant

June - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Flexible hours, very accommodating. Relaxing work schedule. Opportunity to earn a raise every semester of work.

What I wish was different

Wish it had paid more.

Advice

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Research fellow

May - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked the people I worked with and the other people in the program. The research was also interesting and I learned a lot

What I wish was different

More organization and better communication with the fellows

Advice

I’d recommend anyone to do the PFM REU, it was a great experience. However, I wish the people in charge would communicate more regularly and clearly
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First Year Mentor

April 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The work environment and my coworkers.

What I wish was different

Hours the coincide better with my academic schedule.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
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Chemistry Research Intern

June 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed seeing how research is actually done and finding new data.

What I wish was different

I would have preferred a more strict schedule instead of having to figure out when each person came in.

Advice

Ask questions!!!!
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Student researcher

January 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

My PI is always finding new opportunities for us to advance in our field by attending conferences and presenting posters at research fairs. The people at the lab are all fantastic and hardworking.

What I wish was different

Advice

You can’t get ahead if you don’t work; what you put in is what you get out.
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Research Assistant

February 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The experience of being in a lab conducting research. Learning key skills such as matlab coding, running statistics, and writing scientific literature

What I wish was different

Advice

Get into a lab if you are in a stem field! learning about your major is a lot more fun when its hands on.
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Research Assistant

July 2018 • Mccall, ID

What I liked

I loved having the opportunity to do archaeological geophysics research on two sites in the wilderness of Idaho. I appreciated gaining experience using multiple pieces of geophysics equipment. I loved that I was able to travel and camp as a part of this research trip.

What I wish was different

Advice

Find faculty members here at Pitt who specialize in your interests. Take the time to get to know them and their research. These connections can turn into a research opportunity.
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Student Research Assistant

May - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I loved being able to interact with patients everyday! I was able to see what healthcare looked like for different populations of people. I also loved the small team of researchers that I was able to work with!

What I wish was different

I, an eager beaver, was ready to take on more projects! I wish that I was able to work on more than one project at a time.

Advice

My advice would be to not let healthcare professionals make you feel inadequate. It is very difficult to talk to people in the field with much more experience because they might not make you feel welcome and comfortable. Be persistent and keep your head up!
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Research crew

April - August 2018 • Fox Chapel, PA

What I liked

The job was hiking all day from 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. We learned how to Id native herbaceous species, and how to use research equipment like Licors for measuring CO2 in plants and chlorophyll content meters. The team was great to work with and we learned a lot!

What I wish was different

I wish it would've lasted longer, maybe being involved in more of the data analysis. I wish there were other plots at different sites to show more variability.

Advice

Stay enthusiastic, always keep a positive attitude and learn as much as you can. I've been using most of the knowledge I gained from this experience in field work and it will go a long way with employers.
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Data Analyst

May - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked the flexibility of my work. I was working on multiple, diverse projects at once during my time at the office, and I found it exciting to be able to jump from one interesting task to the next, quickly. I learned a lot more about how I best manage my time from dictating how long I would spend on each project.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Printer Specialist

September 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I like that I have some technical experience working with machines under my belt.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could work more hours but my school schedule does not allow it.

Advice

Find a balance between work and school that works best for you.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

There was a lot of freedom, and I was able to learn in a positive environment and work with experts in the subject

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been able to work with other people more; that there had been more collaboration and such

Advice

It's important to hold yourself responsible and make sure that you're doing as much as you can to learn and develop yourself and your project.
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IT support desk

June 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The people, the experience, the flexibility.

What I wish was different

More regular work hours.

Advice

Great for someone starting out in the field.
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Admissions student worker

April 2017 • Johnstown, PA

What I liked

Working with families and incoming students

What I wish was different

Lack of comunication during some admissions events

Advice

You are the first stepping stone as a student looks for schools, don't make them feel unwelcome or unhappy to be there
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Video Production Intern

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

-Great experience and feedback -Practice doing something I'm passionate about -Other co workers and advisor relationships have been very beneficial

What I wish was different

-Some different material/a more creative outlet

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask for feedback and take initiative when you can!
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

April 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The lab atmosphere

What I wish was different

Should have known my PI earlier

Advice

Talk actively to the PI
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I loved the opportunity to learn about a new topic over the summer, and get paid to do it! It was overall a great experience that has made me think of changing my major.

What I wish was different

I wish it was not just a summer program, but that it had a link to work further in the year automatically.

Advice

Get to know your research team well, they can help you later in your academic career.
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coder

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

everything was on my own time, I had to complete 20 hours a week but it was all on my own free time

What I wish was different

Not much, I really enjoyed everything

Advice

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Summer Undergraduate Research Award Recipient

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Freedom to make my own hours and pursue my own interest.

What I wish was different

More guidance for how to continue after the program.

Advice

Anyone can and should pursue independent research at some point during their undergraduate career.
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