Great way to become acquainted with research as an undergrad.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – March 2, 2017
Working as a research assistant was certainly an enjoyable learning experience, especially if you apply for a research of your own interest. I applied to work with 3D printing.
A typical day at work consisted of troubleshooting the printers, ordering new components, and following a mixing procedure for our printing media.
I learned to work with other teammates, as well as collaborate to prevent errors or create better solutions to problems. We set a schedule of what we all wanted to complete in a certain timeframe.
We met once a week with our mentor to discuss progress and gather advice as how to approach our next task. Our mentor provided us with just the right amount of direction, without "hovering" over us while we worked. My teammates were very consistent, and we certainly worked well together. Everyone seemed to carry their own weight. The hardest part of the job was waiting for parts to arrive. Most came from China, so our projects sometimes came to a standstill, as parts would be delayed for weeks. As items arrived, deadlines were soon approaching, so our team would put in extra effort to complete the tasks on time.
I enjoyed learning more about 3D printing and the many possibilities. I have a newfound interest in this field, and have since bought my own printer for personal use.
long wait times, sometimes late nights