A great first lab volunteering experience
I have never worked in an actual research lab before, but I have always
thought that research is what I want to do career-wise. So, I decided it
was time to get some experience and started volunteering in Steven’s lab.
So far I have mostly been working on data analysis with excel. I really am
actually enjoying it because I am learning a lot about not only how to make
easy-to-read graphs, but also what kind of data relationships are the
important ones to create visuals for based on the context of the research.
I have also counted some oyster larva, which was a nice change from data
analysis. While I enjoy data analysis and working with excel, I hope to
learn more about the other aspects of what all goes in to the research
process and more bench-work procedures. Everyone here is really nice and
very supportive. I feel no fear asking questions… even if I have to ask the
same one a couple times. This is all still pretty new to me, but everyone
has been ready and willing to help if I ask for it. This is a great place
to get some experience and an excellent learning environment.