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Villanova University

Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2020 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

Very involved and hands on!

What I wish was different

More time!

Advice

Stay focused and work hard and you’ll be successful!
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - July 2020 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I was able to complete my research from home under SUGR during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been in person

Advice

Apply for as many scholarships as you can on top of the undergraduate research stipend.
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Research Assistant

June - August 2020 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish I was working in the lab rather than remotely at home.

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

Learned a lot of things

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Ask questions and use a journal to log your experiences
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undergraudate research assistant

May - August 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

Lots of contents and materials

What I wish was different

More time

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - July 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish I got to work more on a team instead of in an office by myself.

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I really liked getting to experience research full time and getting to run my own experiment.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more dining options in the dining hall (e.g. sandwich station) while I was at Villanova for the summer. There were also always a lot of campers in the dining hall but not a lot of food, so they ran out of food a lot.

Advice

It's a good experience if you are interested in doing research and want to see what it's like full time or if you want to run your own experiment.
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Research Assistant

January - August 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I was able to learn key time management skills as well as how to take initiative to follow through with things that needed to happen, like figuring out issues I was having with my payroll.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and apply for something you don't think you have all the skills for! If you stand out as a candidate with qualities your hirer wants, they will train you in skills you don't yet have.
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Resident Assistant

May - July 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I loved the opportunity to work with STOVS and be a mentor and resource to incoming freshman for three weeks!

What I wish was different

I wish we would’ve had longer to bond with one another and learn about more resources offered on campus including CRF because we did meet with the study abroad services but never addressed the options for fellowships and things they can do freshman and sophomore year!

Advice

to whom much is given, much is expected. as stovs members and staff, I have learned that all of these opportunities and head starts we are given, we are expected to be good role models and people on campus! we are supposed to give back to our Villanova Community in whichever way we see fit as long as we do so.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I liked the opportunity to do semi-independent work.

What I wish was different

I wish had physically more people to interact with. It became lonely in the lab some days

Advice

Organization is key
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Admissions Assistant

May 2019 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

It was a great opportunity to interact with perspective families, to work on my public speaking skills, and to get to know more about the University and those who work here.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Physics Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I like the Research Environment. My research teammate was an upperclassman, but there were a lot of other students staying over the summer and doing research. In the physics department, we all shared a common room to do our work. We did a lot of fun talk but also worked a lot. Overall, it was really a good experience.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a little more funding for our department so that we can afford to buy high-speed computers that could make things a lot easy. I was using my computer for the research, which sometimes, did not do very well to run huge chunk of data.

Advice

I would say definitely go for it, at least once in your college career. I know everyone does not like the research-intensive work, and a lot of people do not do it thinking they are not smart enough. Well, I thought the same thing, but still, I did it. So, don't worry, and try it out. After all, college is all about trying out new things and measuring your limits.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I liked the ability to work on the project on my own time. It was a flexible environment.

What I wish was different

It was advertised as a stipend but was actually an hourly wage pay system.

Advice

Doing research over the summer opened my eyes to many things: what research can be like, how to write an academic paper, how imperative grant proposals are, how to store and analyze data, etc. It was an eye opening experience that I was lucky to have.
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Student Researcher

May - August 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I had the control over my research while working with an experienced mentor.

What I wish was different

That it continued into the semester.

Advice

I would recommend research to all students as it provides experience and investigation working with many departments that will be applicable in a career setting.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

It was very interesting and I learned a lot.

What I wish was different

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Researcher

May - August 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

Able to set my own hours.

What I wish was different

No coworkers.

Advice

Make sure you communicate with your advisor.
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University Researcher

June - August 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

It was great to get hands on application to what I'm learning about in the classroom. And it is a great job to connect with faculty as well as have a paying summer job.

What I wish was different

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Research assistant

June 2017 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

I enjoy the research I have been doing in the Chemical Engineering department.

What I wish was different

There is not anything that I really want to change.

Advice

You should make friends with your professors. They can become a very valuable resource.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to handle any task asked of you. Thus, practice mindfullness and patience.
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Chemistry Research Intern

June - July 2018 • Villanova, PA

What I liked

The Villanova Chemistry Department has a great program that allows for undergraduate students to enter a lab and perform research

What I wish was different

More time to perform

Advice

Find a professor you can work well with
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