Former Graduate Research Assistant at University of Missouri System
almost 2 years ago
During the first few years you will be taking classes, TAing and working/learning in your graduate lab. The following years will be more intense lab work and lots of writing.
I would normally get to lab between 8-10 am in the morning depending on how late into the night I had to stay in order to finish my work. Sometimes I would stay all night or come in very late. I would expect to spend a large portion of your time doing everything and anything in order to get your work completed. This includes: experiments, teaching, and writing.