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National Science Foundation ( NSF)

Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Menomonie, WI

What I liked

The opportunity to do a master's level economic research project, learning to utilize stata.

What I wish was different

I wish we had more time to complete our projects.

Advice

A NSF REU is the best summer experience you could hope for.
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Data Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Everything

What I wish was different

Advice

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Researcher

June - August 2019 • Menomonie, WI

What I liked

I loved the ability to design my own research project, carry it out, and present it to the public. I enjoyed the level of autonomy I was given and the support I received from mentors.

What I wish was different

Two and a half months is simply not enough time to carry out a research project of this kind. I wish there had been more communication prior to my start date so that I could have done work in advance.

Advice

This experience was completely dependent on your level of excitement about the project. If you enter it with an open mind and willing to learn whatever you can, it will be very fulfilling.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Worcester, MA

What I liked

Lots of new experiences for my first research position. Flexible schedule and great mentors.

What I wish was different

I wish that mentors were available more to answer questions and also understand those undergrad researchers are not well experienced in the field.

Advice

Be ready to work individually more with a mentor guiding you to reach the goal.
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Member of the forensic archaeologist exhumation team

June - August 2019 • Leeuwarden, Friesland

What I liked

Hands on experience in my field. Ability to engage with the community and island life. History of our site. Bonding and team camaraderie with fellow coworkers and university professors.

What I wish was different

Nothing, every hiccup or bad experience made the trip a learning experience.

Advice

Network as much as possible. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities you’ll be exposed to that could change the course of your entire life.
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Polar Researcher

July - August 2019 • Arctic Bay, Nunavut

What I liked

The atmosphere of the trip was learning based and comfortable. Data was collected responsibly and ethically, and all data was shared between groups when requested.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more time to conduct more research.

Advice

You can learn anything you want to learn if you are dedicated and persistent.
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NSF student researcher

June - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

It was a good experience to learn about research, graduate school, and working in a lab setting. I got hands on experience with multiple lab machines and had the opportunity to learn about lab techniques.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have liked my research topic a little more.

Advice

Lab work requires a lot of time. Some days I was in the lab from early morning until late at night.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2019 • Hartford, CT

What I liked

I got chance to go University of Arizona and did research there for a month, which was an amazing experience.

What I wish was different

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Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow

June - August 2019 • Orono, ME

What I liked

I was able to use my research and academic knowledge in a new setting which opened my network circle and made me a better scientist.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you are able to do an REU, do one. I would recommend applying to multiple and reapplying if you don't get one. It's an invaluable experience.
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Chemistry Research Intern

May - July 2019 • Morgantown, WV

What I liked

There was all lot of team bonding events outside of research and the research itself allowed me to encounter things that I wouldn’t have at my home institution

What I wish was different

I would like it to all be the same.

Advice

It is okay, to make mistakes and be confused about you’re next step just keep trying and thinking then you will eventually get it.
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Undergrad Research

May - July 2019 • Carbondale, IL

What I liked

It was structured and I received a lot of help throughout the program on the research project.

What I wish was different

I wish the program had started after Spring Term at Kalamazoo College ended. I had to leave campus early and take finals at Carbondale, which was really stressful.

Advice

Start your applications early and apply to as many REU programs as possible to get into one of them.
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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Intern

May - July 2019 • Richmond, KY

What I liked

I loved having the opportunity to participate in graduate-level research with great professors at Eastern Kentucky University.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was longer than 10 weeks.

Advice

REUs are fantastic internships. Apply for as many as you can and spend time on your applications, as they are very competitive.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Working with the professor, learning really advanced concepts

What I wish was different

I wish the research was more structured!

Advice

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Undergraduate Researcher

May 2019 • Fayetteville, AR

What I liked

I was able to create my own project and conduct research over ten weeks. I presented the results at a conference and I will be submitting a paper soon as well.

What I wish was different

I wish my project is different, but projects can be discussed with faculty mentors before starting.

Advice

Apply for any National Science Foundations Research Experience for Undergraduates! They're a great experience and wonderful on a resume.
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Tutoring Intern

June - July 2018 • Kingsville, TX

What I liked

It was great exposure to be able to work with a variety of students from different backgrounds.

What I wish was different

I wish we had been allowed to teach more of our STEM content.

Advice

This experience is not only good for the interns to learn to work with students, but it's also a great program for the kids.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2018 • Fort Collins, CO

What I liked

I gained valuable experience in a research lab setting, which will help me greatly as I enter into graduate school. I also liked the outdoor life in Fort Collins; it was a great place to spend the summer.

What I wish was different

Advice

Apply early and apply to many REU programs, they are very competitive. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions!
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Laboratory research internship

June - August 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I had learned a lot of knowledge from the research. Many of the works were related to my classes that I can applied with what I had learned from the previous lectures.

What I wish was different

I wish to get some more hands on experiences.

Advice

It is a great chance to get to know about research, which is the main daily life of graduated students. If you have any plan for pursuasing master or PhD degree, this will be a excellent start.
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

This cohort offered me the opportunity to live and work beside undergraduates from around the country as well as learn from the mentorship of full time professors and researchers at the University of New Mexico. I learned valuable lab and field research techniques, as well as science communication methods.

What I wish was different

I would not change this experience.

Advice

I do not think that enough students at Villanova are aware of or apply to National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. They are competitive internships offered across the country geared towards students who are interested in pursuing graduate school for science (not pre-med). I would love to see more students share their network of researchers to help the next generation of scientists navigate the world of research.
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

This cohort offered me the opportunity to live and work beside undergraduates from around the country as well as learn from the mentorship of full time professors and researchers at the University of New Mexico. I learned valuable lab and field research techniques, as well as science communication methods.

What I wish was different

I would not change this experience.

Advice

I do not think that enough students at Villanova are aware of or apply to National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. They are competitive internships offered across the country geared towards students who are interested in pursuing graduate school for science (not pre-med). I would love to see more students share their network of researchers to help the next generation of scientists navigate the world of research.
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Engineering student research intern

May - August 2018 • University, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed the people I met: - I had two fellow interns from the program who were also my roommates for the 10 weeks we were in Florida; we became very good friends. - I enjoyed befriending the graduates students and workers. They guided me and gave great advice. - I really liked my advisor, he is the one who assigned me my project and he is also the one who would tell me what to do. I appreciate gaining experience in an enormous post-processing laboratory. I appreciate that I completed a research paper, research poster and did a research presentation. I enjoyed learning about hurricane data collection towers (what my project was about). I loved being in a new environment, I loved that I lived on campus and got to have limited access to the University of Florida's student services. I loved hanging out with my roommates and co-workers, we drove to different places (Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, the beach, snorkeling, etc.)

What I wish was different

I wish there was more structure to the NHERI REU program. I liked how there was structure towards writing the research paper but at Florida, I expected there to be a set day-to-day schedule and instead, there were days where I felt lost and unproductive. I didn't like how most of the work for the research paper, research poster and research presentation was done in the last two weeks of the program.

Advice

Become friends with your co-workers. Be open to doing things with your co-workers outside of work, try new things. Fill out your time sheet at the end of every day so you don' t forget what you did. Ask your co-workers about their work experience.
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