Former Undergraduate Researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
almost 2 years ago
Your day will vary based on your mentor/assigned research project. I had a research project to work on as well as assisting two graduate school students with their research.
For my research project I looked at the effect of Indomethacin administration on the intestinal microbiome of neonates. In a typical day i would come into the hospital at 8am and work with Matlab to analyze data. My mentor was very helpful in guiding me as well as providing the data for my research. They understand that this is an introductory position to help give you experience.
When assisting graduate students I worked in the lab and learned how to use a DNA Microarray and perform Western Blotting, but each student will do different labwork based on your mentor.
In a typical day I would come to the hospital and work on my data analysis project from 8am - noon, take lunch, then assist a graduate student from 1-5 in the lab. Throughout the program you also have opportunities to hear lecturers who visit the hospital as well as shadow different staff/personnel.
I highly recommend applying for the program if you have interest in pursuing a medical career ( doctor, pharmacist, researcher, etc). The program does a great job of giving you an introductory experience and working with some great doctors and researchers!