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Biology Research Assistant

May - August 2021 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I learned new skills useful in Biotech and other related fields.

What I wish was different

I think it was just perfect.

Advice

In case you are not sure of anything, just ask.
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Office of Institutional Research Intern

June - August 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I liked that I could plan my hours and was able to work more consecutive hours than when I work during the school year since I did not have class. It allowed me to be a part of and work on a large project instead of doing smaller tasks. I am also able to see the benefits of the work I do as the data we collect and create is shown to the administrative staff who have the power to induce change depending on what the trends and numbers show.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more interaction with other students/workers/administrators as I was mostly helping my boss work on a large project for the administrative staff and update current Bates' records and data sets.

Advice

Working for an institution allows you to experience both a professional job as well as see the benefits of the work you do. For example, I am able to do important work for the college and see where the college is compared to others as well as understand more (demographically and statistically) about the college I attend. I think it's really important to experience purposeful work in addition to a regular job such as sales or in restaurants.
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Historian Research Assistant

May - August 2019 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

The ability to delve into the field I want to work in someday.

What I wish was different

Advice

Take it seriously, every opportunity you get is one to grow.
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Researcher

May - July 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

My advisor, the independence, autonomy

What I wish was different

More guidance early on

Advice

Be prepared to self-motivate
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Summer Admissions Intern

May - August 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I absolutely loved getting to meet prospective families and speak to them about my experience at Bates. It was a wonderful work environment that afforded me the opportunity to gain incredibly valuable preprofessional experience. I was able to enhance my marketing and networking skill set, improve my oral presentation skills, and learn to think creatively on the fly.

What I wish was different

n/a

Advice

Students should be prepared to speak to families from a host of backgrounds and experiences that may differ vastly from yours. Being cognizant of etiquette, professionalism, and specific vernacular is of paramount importance. It is a job that requires you to be "on" all the time.
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Bates Geology Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I liked doing research.

What I wish was different

I wish the job had been 8 weeks straight and not broken up into 6 and 2 weeks

Advice

Talk to your professors when looking for a summer job.
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Research assistant

June - August 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

Independence to investigate what i found interesting

What I wish was different

More people to interact with; we were in a pretty secluded lab

Advice

Ask your professors to work with them if you are interested in research
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Biology Research Assistant

June - August 2017 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

Working with and developing a relationship with a professor, and creating/managing my own research project.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to express your ideas about a research project even if your mentor seems to knows more than you. You'll realize that your ideas can be just as valuable as your mentor's, and he or she will really take what you suggest into consideration!
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Admission Intern

June - September 2017 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I loved working in a team setting towards a common goal. You learn a lot about the importance of customer service

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to work collaboratively and individually. It is very important to master both skills and work on projects in a timely manner.
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Summer Researcher

June - August 2017 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

The freedom it provides for learning material you want to learn and applying it to problems you’re passionate about.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Meet with people, not just your advisor and tell them about your research and what you’re thinking. Communicating your work is important for yourself!
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Biology Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

Being able to practice applying biological concepts to actual research, whilst learning about newer concepts as well. Being a part of the planning process, as well as data collection, allowed me to better understand the logistics of carrying out research.

What I wish was different

Although I worked in a respiratory physiology lab, I'm actually a declared Neuro major at Bates. This work did allow me to study the neurological control of respiration to some extent, but in the future I'm enthusiastic about more neuro-based work.

Advice

Participating in research is a fantastic way to see if it's something that interests you or not. I originally had no interest in a career path that involved research, and my experiences in a lab have allowed me to see what aspects of research I do and do not enjoy, which is useful in planning out my career path.
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Research assistant

April - July 2018 • Lewiston, ME

What I liked

I liked working with a Bates professor to continue their research and learn about what I would be doing for thesis.

What I wish was different

I wish their had been more presentations and meet ups with other research students.

Advice

Find things to do on the weekends so you don’t get stuck on campus alone!
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Research Assistant

June - July 2018 • Phippsburg, ME

What I liked

Spending summers in Maine and flexible work schedule

What I wish was different

The interaction with local community

Advice

Get a job that will fulfill you, you will learn and enjoy it more.
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