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Davidson College

Student Researcher

July - August 2021 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I loved working on simulations of quantum particles in ISW

What I wish was different

I think everything was optimized to the maximum and was almost perfect.

Advice

Research is one of the best ways to learn about a new field
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Caller

June - July 2021 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed the opportunity as a way to help the college and earn some extra money while living at Davidson over the summer. The hours paired well with my workouts/practices a student athlete as well.

What I wish was different

I wish the shifts would have been longer than three hours a day, but I feel like that was incontrollable.

Advice

Anyone living at Davidson over the summer or anyone with extra free time in evenings during the month of June should definitely consider this opportunity.
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Biochemistry student researcher

May - June 2021 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to experience what it would be like to work as a full-time researcher

What I wish was different

I wish I could have chosen the program I was placed in

Advice

I would advise students to try to learn as much as they can and be patient with themselves as they conduct summer research
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Research Student

May - June 2021 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I loved that the RISE program was an introduction to research where we got to get to know a faculty member and develop introductory research skills in their lab.

What I wish was different

n/a

Advice

Check to see which professors are offering / participating in the RISE program prior to applying so that you can select a preference of who to work with. Though you'll be matched with a professor anyways, some of the labs you may be more interested in than others.
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RISE

May - July 2020 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I appreciates how willing the program was to adapt to unique challenges that 2020 posed in order to still provide students the opportunity to research. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about neuroscience and prion regeneration, an area of great interest to me, through this program. The professor overseeing the program was incredibly flexible and encouraged us to pick topics to research that were of great interest to us.

What I wish was different

I don't think the program could have operated any differently given the circumstances, though I do wish that perhaps we were able to work with multiple different professors whose department aligned with our area of interest. That way, through gaining a foundational background, students might be able to research further with that professor.

Advice

I would really recommend this experience to any first year. It is a great way to get involved in research!
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Public Relations Intern

June - August 2020 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I was very fortunate to intern at Davidson College's galleries, Van|Every Smith Galleries. Great team! I enjoyed collaborating on tasks and ideas. I had the freedom to explore my interests and learn any applicable skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Research assistsnt

May - August 2020 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed the independence and goal-based work schedule (rather than hours-based)

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to conduct the research internship in person, but COVID-19 ruined that.

Advice

I would imagine the experience is different for everyone, so keep an open mind and be ready to adapt.
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Economic Research Assistant

May - August 2020 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I learned some applied econometrics and knew how a real economics research is like.

What I wish was different

We should learn more in depth about the regression model.

Advice

Personal network is very important in getting internships and full-time jobs. Alumni or Professor's referral is really important.
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Davidson Research Initiative

May - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

The DRI allowed me to fund my research project, provided me with a housing stipend, and a stipend to travel to a conference.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

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Summer Intern

May - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

What I wish was different

Flexible schedule

Advice

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Admission Ambasador

May - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

It was very easy for me to get a summer job because the job positioning were very close to my home and allowed me to experience a different side of Davidson during the summer.

What I wish was different

I think everything with this particular job went very well. Handshake has been a great resource for me which it very simple to use and has helped me get 3 jobs so far.

Advice

I would say that handshake is a very helpful resource that all students should utilize, even if you are not looking for a job there are so many options that would provide great job experience.
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Aquatics Staff

June - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I loved working with children to create a safe environment for them to have fun.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been more involved with the children in the camps.

Advice

Stay vigilant and attentive at all times.
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Summer Research Fellow

May - July 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

Working in Dr. Campbell's synthetic biology lab gave me a lot more confidence in picking up wet lab skills, which I didn't have going into the summer. Dr. Campbell also views this position as a stepping stone for his students and he encourages students to go off campus for their next summer research opportunity. Dr. Campbell actively wants to help you succeed and he is very transparent about that, even if it isn't in his best interest to send students to other schools after one summer of research.

What I wish was different

We would often stay past the 5:30pm end of workday time in order to wrap up an experiment, which may deter some students from wanting to apply for a position like this. However, I thought it was good experience to test out whether or not you like to do research because strict hours are not always a part of it.

Advice

If you're at all interested in pursuing biological research in a career, I would recommend this summer experience.
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IT Intern

June - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

Great staff. Opportunities for individual projects.

What I wish was different

9-5 instead of 8-5

Advice

Just learn as much as you can.
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Research assistant

May - June 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

Research

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Enjoy being with friends
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Summer Research Fellow

May - July 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I learned a lot of fundamental research skills that I know I can use in the classroom and future research opportunities. Furthermore, the environment was really nurturing and supportive of my overall growth.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Resident Life Summer Assistant

May 2018 - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

It was great to see the office management side of RLO, to see the inner workings.

What I wish was different

Less physical work

Advice

Have fun from it and learn
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Economic Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Statesboro, GA

What I liked

I had completely flexible hours because I worked remotely, and I really enjoyed the work I was doing.

What I wish was different

Advice

Reach out to professors about research opportunities!
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Research Fellow

May - August 2019 • Davidson, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to do independent research on material I was personally interested in.

What I wish was different

Perhaps I wanted more advising, but only because the topic was difficult.

Advice

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Research assistant

May - August 2019 • Asheville, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed the topic and projects.

What I wish was different

More structure and more people.

Advice

Work hard and follow your instincts.
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