Research Assistant at Concordia College, Moorhead MN
almost 2 years ago
I've had two different research experiences on campus so far in my college career. They are similar in the general structure of day-to-day work. Typically, you work from 9 to 4 or 5. Some days you get off a little earlier if you complete the daily tasks or reach a point where you can't progress any further (because a part that was ordered hasn't arrived, for example). You get a one hour lunch break during the day where you can leave to grab lunch. Working hours are typically spent reading, assembling parts, preparing samples, or doing calculations (this varies depending on your research project). You have a good deal of independence during the work day. The professor will usually give you (and maybe your partner(s)) a few tasks and then go work elsewhere, and they will check in periodically to see how things are going. The professors are also around if you have questions during the day, but it is expected that you at least try to troubleshoot any problems that arise during the day. The experiences that I've had have been non-stressful yet challenging because there is always something new to learn or something to do.