https://www.ucdavis.edu/

UC Davis

Undergraduate Researcher

August 2020 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Being able to learn a ton while having the flexibility work on the project I love.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Research intern

February - May 2020 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I loved working with the population of fellow students and the research that I conducted. I really loved having conversations with Michelle, the director, and generating new ideas about how to engage the space of Nest in more of the best practices for Native students.

What I wish was different

I wish it had not been done mostly online and remotely. I like working together with people more in person.

Advice

Stay diligent and on top of the reading. Also be willing to look up information outside of what you read to get a better understanding of the total picture of Native American student needs in higher education.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Campus Operator

March 2020 • Davis, CA

What I liked

It was a relaxed environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Always make sure they can hear your smile over the phone.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Student writer

September 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

My team is full of really great and supportive people who’ve helped me grow as a writer and as part of the team.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Laboratory Intern

May 2019 - September 2020 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Great work environment, great learning experience

What I wish was different

some days was not allowed in tissue culture room

Advice

I would recommend getting an undergraduate internship. It not only made my time at UC Davis better, but gave me transferable skills for the job market.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Research Assistant

November 2017 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Learning lab skills

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Orientation leader

January - August 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Friendly staffs. Opportunity to meet new people. Developing communication skills.

What I wish was different

Nope

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Junior Specialist

October 2018 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I love discovering something new or interesting by doing basic research and investigating the effects of compounds on specific cell model systems. It's also a lot of fun to apply theory to practice, and using equipment I'd only read about in textbooks. Doing qRT-PCR for the first time or a western blot was nervewracking but exciting!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked more steadily; I have a disability that impairs my mobility and affects coordination. Sometimes I could be at lab for my own safety and the safety of my colleagues.

Advice

If you have a passion for research, don't let the lack of responses to emails shoot you down. All it takes is one interview with one PI willing to give you a shot. Be specific in what you know and don't know, but also what you are willing to learn. Taking initiative and talking to senior scientists is majorly important ~ A lesson I learned almost too late.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Junior Specialist

June 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I am able to work on my own research project and independently carry out my experiments.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Research intern

June - August 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I learned new techniques and methods applicable for my field in the future

What I wish was different

Higher pay :)

Advice

Work hard to build trust with your boss
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Junior Researcher

June 2017 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I receive real-life, hands-on experience I can use in my future career.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 - June 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Being able to do the work whenever I can and need to. I didn’t have a set schedule. Learning experience was great. Communicated lots with graduate students.

What I wish was different

Variety of work. I did the same thing every time I came in

Advice

Network and find why you like
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Computers in Technology Intern

September - December 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Teaching students of a 600+ class size Microsoft applications. Bonding with 40 other teaching assistants and interns.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

This internship enhanced my soft skills in communications and patience. Also, the internship is worth 3 UC units.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Teaching Intern

July - August 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

It was fun to work with all the kids every day, and I like the fact that it was only a month-long job with a lot of hours. That freed up the rest of the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I had chosen to live on campus instead of stay at my apartment, because all the staff knew each other better since they saw each other all the time.

Advice

Take some alone time for yourself when you can because it's a very mentally exhausting job especially for an introvert.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Biochemistry Technician

January 2016 - August 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

Meeting new people and learning about chemistry PhD programs offered in DAVIS

What I wish was different

I wish I learned more about the job and switched departments early on.

Advice

Learn about yourself in every experience so you can decided what you truly want in life.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Summer Start Program

August - September 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

As a volunteer, I would prefer offering help and learning practical skills. In this program, I enjoy balancing my time studying with working. By using Sling, we volunteers need to arrange our available time to set on the website. Then, we choose and set anytime we want to work as well. This is what I hope and like to do during my volunteer work.

What I wish was different

This is my first time working with the staff on the campus and serving international students. The way of communicating with different people had beyond my expectations. I thought upcoming students are the main audience I need to get along with. However, staff who are in charge of the meals, student's parents and other SLAs are also my workmates to connect with. This trains my ability to talk with different people with different purposes.

Advice

As for volunteering, I understand that no payment job is hard to persist. Instead, the result of enhancing skills and learning new things is valuable. Therefore, it is much easier to persist if we pay attention to the ability rather than the money.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Undergraduate Researcher

October 2018 • Davis, CA

What I liked

This position taught me a lot about how research in microbiology is actually conducted. I appreciate how flexible it was, and there was a high degree of independence.

What I wish was different

The projects I’m working on use a mouse model, and I’m not particularly fond of mice. I wish i could have been working with yeast or bacteria as opposed to mice, but I got used to it.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions. It’s better to ask for help than do something wrong and lose data. Also, the more questions you ask about the purpose of the experiments, the more interesting the work will be, because you’ll actually understand the implications behind what you are doing.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Cashier

September 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

The application process was quick and easy.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be the first to mark this as helpful

Biology Research Intern

April - July 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

I learned a lot. The lab experience will be very beneficial in any future employment I will have.

What I wish was different

There is a bit of down time while experiments are running, but not enough to start a new project.

Advice

Be involved with the ward
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Undergraduate Student Researcher

June - July 2019 • Davis, CA

What I liked

The professors I worked with were all extremely helpful and knowledgeable! My partner and I got to work independently while also having a great support network at UC Davis.

What I wish was different

I was only working with one other undergraduate; this meant I got to do a lot of the work, but I do wish I could've been able to meet more students!

Advice

With any research, do some background reading before you start! Find publications online that are relevant to what you think you will be studying.
Be the first to mark this as helpful
1 2