This depends on who your advisor is, however, being a student researcher at Earlham allows you to gain hands on experience. The professors at Earlham frequently allow you to have a hand in planning and executing the experiment(s). There is a good deal of independence and the advisors expect you to be able to preform tasks with ease on your own after being shown the correct procedure. However, they are willing to aid you in whatever ways they can. Overall, the experience is educational and allows to gain relevant experience in a comfortable environment.