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Undergraduate Student Researcher

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Being able to apply techniques and knowledge learned in my classes to real world scenarios.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Research Student

May - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Immersive research environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing. It is perfect.

Advice

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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 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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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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Technical Support Assistant

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Very nice working environment. A lot of downtime to work on homework and study.

What I wish was different

The room temperature, there were days I really regretted not bringing a sweater.

Advice

Very nice job to take if you are a full time student. Most flexible job ever with overtime opportunities.
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laboratory assistant

February 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I love the independence and flexibility as well as the opportunity to advance my resume in a way of interest to me.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask people for connections because that’s how I got this.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Learning about regenerative medicine

What I wish was different

Better connection with my mentor

Advice

Start reading literature about the research before you get to lab
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Admissions Counselor

May 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Interaction with students and families

What I wish was different

Advice

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Research Fellow

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed learning more about my research area, and I figured out what I want to study in graduate school.

What I wish was different

Advice

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First Year Mentor

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I really liked getting involved on campus when not a lot of students are on campus. I also loved meeting and working with the higher ups in the university. My absolute favorite part was welcoming all the new students and making Pitt's campus feel like home.

What I wish was different

It was a wonderful experience, I just wish they would've provided housing.

Advice

Get involved at your university!
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Bioinformatics Research Intern

May - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The diverse interdisciplinary environment, the great city of Pittsburgh, and the wealth of resources withing the academic community.

What I wish was different

I wish it was longer and that I knew about similar opportunities form NSF earlier in my college career

Advice

You get what you put into the experience, make the most, make connections early, and be yourself.
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Biology Research Intern

May - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I enjoyed the fast paced rigor of the program. Also, the classroom sessions about MSTP programs and applying to Medical school were very informative.

What I wish was different

More independence and say in my project

Advice

Be sure to make relationships with your Primary Investigator (PI). This will be necessary for future recommendations and possibly future collaborations.
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Undergraduate Clinical Data Research Assistant

June 2018 • Univ of Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The welcoming environment and steady flow of tasks. I feel like the work I am doing is both interesting and important.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

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Language buddy

July - August 2018 • Univ of Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Nice working atmosphere

What I wish was different

None

Advice

None
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Undergraduate Student Researcher

May - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I got a lot of hands on experience in a research lab with exposure to lots of cool, interesting techniques. I also had the opportunity to present my research twice as well as listen to talks given by other professionals in the field.

What I wish was different

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Brackenridge Summer Research Fellow

May - August 2018 • Univ of Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked being able to discuss my research with people from all disciplines and also learn about what they were working on this summer. Everyone's project was so different from each other's and each was very interesting.

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been more workshops on how to present my research. We had a few but I still didn't feel fully prepared for my final presentation.

Advice

The more you put into your summer of research, the more you'll get out of it!
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Peer Advisor

January 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I love the personal interaction with incoming students. Working to facilitate PittStarts and impacting other's Pitt experience is incredibly rewarding.

What I wish was different

Advice

Being a panelist and peer advisor is really dependent on putting yourself out there and being relatable. Parents and students appreciate a real and compelling student to relate to and its impossible without stepping outside of a comfort zone and being a person first and an office worker second.
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Student assistant

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Was able to get to know the staff at the Pitt Alumni Association, got a lunch break, attended many events, flexible schedule

What I wish was different

Pay was not good

Advice

It is what you make of it
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Political Science Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I had lots of flexibility in my schedule.

What I wish was different

I did not have much contact with my professor because he was overseas.

Advice

Be prepared to be on your own.
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