Undergraduate Research Assistant
What am I looking for in an undergraduate research assistant?
What courses would you recommend for students to have taken prior to working in your laboratory?
Basic chemistry or materials knowledge is enough to start most of the projects. However, most projects involve being familiar with computers, especially with scripting and programming. Knowledge of unix/terminal commands can also be helpful. Students are encouraged to present their work at conferences and serve as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.
How many hours per week do you expect a student to spend in the laboratory per research credit and does the time have to be a set schedule?
10 hours per week. The student’s schedule can be flexible, but it should overlap with standard working hours, to allow fruitful interactions with the advisor and senior lab members.
Ideally, for what length of time would a student research in your laboratory to achieve a meaningful research experience?
3 – 4 semesters