Former Research Assistant at Northwestern University
almost 2 years ago
You will typically work out a schedule with you principal investigator or supervising lab tech. You can work that around your course schedule and other extracurriculars. As for the work, in my lab, I worked largely independently in the lab. Some days, I would make agar and other solutions and pour plates -- keeping the lab well stocked on basic supplies. However, I also had the opportunity to work with samples; inoculating, spreading, and later characterizing colonies for results.