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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

May - August 2022 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

I loved my lab environment and mentors. As a first time researcher, I felt so supported by my grad student and the PI of the lab I was working in. They were understanding and helpful and taught me so much about the subject.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been slightly more structure to the project, because I just had to kind of figure it out as I went. Although this is valuable experience as well, I think that there could have been more structure in my expectations.

Advice

Go for it: there's no point in not applying to a job. Reach out to your potential employer, make personal connections, and ALWAYS give it your best shot. I didn't think I would get this position but I reached out to the professor in an email saying I was interested in her research, and after talking to her and some current students I got the position.
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Purdue Collaboroative Robotics Lab

May - August 2022 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere and the standards we were upheld to

What I wish was different

We were not really prepared for the internship

Advice

Learn how to sell your work, in order to advance in the research field
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Machine Learning undergraduate researcher

May - August 2021 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

Amazing learning experience

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer.

Advice

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IT Services Classroom Support Student Worker

August 2020 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

My coworkers are all very enjoyable and really add to the good work environment.

What I wish was different

possibly more work hours or bigger wage

Advice

Have a helpful attitude and be willing to do some walking all over campus for classroom calls
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Psychologist Research Assistant

May - December 2019 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

Learning data processing and conducting EEG tests on participants

What I wish was different

More experience

Advice

Just keep going till you make it
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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

I felt very at home in my research group. They allowed me to showcase my talent and trusted me as a self-starter.

What I wish was different

West Lafayette is a hard place to which to adjust. It’s very rural and the accommodations weren’t the best.

Advice

Focus on what you’re there to do, which is the research. Everything else is secondary. However, one important secondary aspect is recruitment for graduate studies. Make sure you make a good impression!
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