Former Neuroscience Undergraduate Researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
almost 2 years ago
I usually went for a run or to the gym (which is free on the campus) around 7/7:30, then went to breakfast with other URPs (undergraduate researchers) around 8 (meals were also free). I got to the lab around 9 and started my experiments, which required that I clean and boot up rigs connected to big computer programs. I then put animals in the rigs and ran the computer, which was a lot of hands-off time. I was given tasks both by the program and by my lab, including building new rigs, learning to code, writing presentations and papers, and assisting other people in the lab with miscellaneous tasks. We got an hour for lunch, to take whenever, and I would usually eat with either my lab or the other URPs at the cafeteria. Once a week we had seminars and lectures from the PIs during the lunch hour. In the evening I would take walks by the beach, read, watch Netflix, or chat with other URPs. On weekends I had to check on animals (which took minimal time), but not every lab required that.
On weekends I had off, I was invited to lab get-togethers, biked to Huntington (the nearby town), went to visit family, kayaked and played volleyball. A few times the URPs over 21 also went out to bars at Huntington and several times we all went out to dinner. The program also does lots of special dinners and some outings.