“My coworkers and mentors were always very willing to answer my questions and explain things in detail. I learned so much, both through hands-on experimentation and asking mentors. My mentors/supervisors wanted me to succeed and challenged me to continually improve. The research assistants really got to experience what it's like to work in research -- oftentimes, experiments would go wrong, and instead of fixing it for us, we got to figure out a solution on our own, with guidance from a mentor if we needed it. The content of the research was very interesting, and the lab was a very positive and enjoyable place to work.
Also, as someone with a busy and inconsistent schedule, working at the lab was great. I made my own hours and could even be there at night if I wanted to. The schedule was very flexible, and that worked very well with my busy schedule.”
“I much enjoy my coworkers and the flexibility my job affords me. I am able to come and go as I please as long as my work is completed. This allows me to control my hours and schedule my work around the classes I take at the university. During my time in this position, I have been taught valuable skills in coding in the languages of Python and Perl that I have been able to apply to other endeavors. My boss and coworkers have wholeheartedly included me in the scientific process by allowing me to contribute to projects which have lead to publications and revolutions in the bioinformatics field. Throughout my time with the Van Etten group I consistently felt like a valuable team member and genuinely believe the work I do to be important.”