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Undergraduate Research Assistant

August 2019 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

I appreciate the experience of interacting with participants and learning about the thorough logistics it takes to execute a long term study. It's all very cool to be a part of this man power and particular research.

What I wish was different

I wish the study pertained more to my area of study (psych), but definitely not complaining.

Advice

Build genuine connections with those you work with and try to learn as much as you can! Stay present and curious.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

Allowed for valuable first-hand experience in working in a lab and fieldwork. Gave us insight to the scientific method and how to properly approach a question.

What I wish was different

More prior knowledge beforehand. The project seemed confusing at first and I often found myself grasping at straws in order to figure out problems. However, my mentor was very patient and answered all of my questions in a respectable manner.

Advice

Be ready for anything. Research is much more complex than one would believe. It is often not as simple to solve problems. So be ready for anything in the process to go wrong and prepare solutions in order to fix those problems.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June 2019 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

Great opportunity to get valuable research experience and to get connected with fellow researchers and faculty mentors.

What I wish was different

It was great!

Advice

Try your best to do an intensive research summer semester through OSCAR.
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