Extra Responsibility = Praise for a Job Well Done

— from the Researcher's bench

One of the differences between instructional lab classes and research in a professional lab is how feedback is given.

In an instructional lab, you have quizzes, lab reports, an attendance policy, exams, and possibly out-of-class assignments—all attached to a point system outlined in the syllabus. For most instructional labs, you can calculate your grade and therefore know whether or not you’re excelling.

— from the PI’s desk

Whether you’re pre-med, pre-grad, pre-dental, pre-vet, or headed for the job market after graduation, you will need letters of recommendation. Be prepared to invest 1 hour during spring break to do a little prep work that will pay off in better letters.


Creating Your First Poster

3rd place winner—2015 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Symposium at UF

— from the PI’s desk

Whether your poster is for an undergrad research symposium, or a professional meeting you should take it seriously. The poster you create represents you. Your best work, and your lab. The quality represents the value you find in your research project, and how much you appreciate your research supervisor’s efforts. The poster you create also sends a message to the PI about how much you value the research opportunity you’ve been given.

— from the Researcher's bench.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

— from the PI's desk

Each semester, I post an advertisement for the open undergrad research positions in my lab. The ad includes a description of the project, methods my lab uses, and overall objectives of my lab's research focus.