Teaching and Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Manhattan, KS – January 28, 2014
Typical day: Go to work at 8:00 am, get in the lab prepare things that will be needed, check all the instruments make sure they are running well. Have lunch, take a nap, then go to lab do experiments and collect data. Organize the data and put into weekly report. When a lab teaching is scheduled, I teaching the labs and instruct students. What I learned: Scientific thinking and the way to look at a problem, and problem solving skills. Co-workers: we have a really good relationship, we hang out and have fun. Hardest part: Creativity, we need to read numerous of papers that are related to our research, and need to think of some new way to make the research better. Most enjoyable part: Get recognized and awarded because we did a nice research.
Compile records in excel using pivot tables and adobe acrobat files. Use VLOOKUPs to find and fill data for university reports. Convert old reports from paper to electronic. I grew in my knowledge of how to work with Microsoft Office and using different formulas in excel to come up with different filtered results. Management was excellent. Kind, caring, and knowledgeable. My co-workers were my supervisors and one other student worker. They were fun to work with and i enjoyed seeing them everyday. The hardest part of the job was probably going over to a different building to the storage and bringing them back to convert them to electronic files. The most enjoyable part was doing projects to fill reports for the university for different data inputs like student headcount, or Salary reports.
It was a good learning experience which taught me to gain confidence in myself . Designing a course on my own had its own challenges. The good thing about a teaching job is instant feedback. I have always liked interacting with people as a result teaching was a fun experience. Teaching also helped me improve the impact factor of my Powerpoint slides. GTA experience does imply a lot of juggling between my own course load and lecture preparation for classes I had to teach. I had 130 students and more in the sections I taught and since that meant a lot of grading that I had to do, time management is a skill that came in handy.
Place where you can gain knowledge with lots of fun
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – January 8, 2013
Gained extensive knowledge and hands on experience in extrusion processing, sensory analysis, food chemistry and milling. It was fun working with people at various levels of experience and from different cultures. Apart from sharing knowledge, this helped me to improve my communication as well as people skills. The most challenging part was to balance the work life schedule with job, research and classes to actively participate in various clubs and community services. And this was the fun part too participating in various departmental and club activities with all my friends.
Student Supervisor - Derby Dining Hall (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – May 25, 2014
Served over 1,100 students twice a day, very fast paced, and communication was key between cooks and supervisors. Management was very understanding, and was willing to help out whenever help was needed. Hardest part was when there was short staff and the supervisor had to do 4 different jobs at once, but it made the shift go by faster. Most enjoyable part was meeting people, some of the supervisors I met were the best in the world.
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – April 29, 2015
My job here is as a graduate research assistant. I worked on monitoring and managing surface water quality in impaired Kansas watersheds, with emphasis on cyanobacteria blooms and the corresponding management strategies.I have learned the key concepts, principles and practices in environmental engineering, and become acquainted with issues like erosion and sediment control, and storm water and waste water management design. I like Kansas State University, it has the most lovely people and the happiest students. I enjoy my study and work here and also working with the people here.
. Worked on a project entitled, "Evaluation of Personal Cooling Systems for Soldiers," sponsored by the U.S. Army. Instrumented and dressed human subjects for 2-hour exercise trials in a hot environmental chamber. Monitored subjects during the session and dealt with heat stress incidents. Measured the metabolic rate and oxygen consumption of subjects using a MET cart. After the session, assisted subjects with the removal of their sensors and clothing. Cleaned lab for the next session.
The management was very helpful with learning how to properly complete my tasks and gave me feedback when needed. I worked with and communicated with all departments at the university along with federal, state, and local agencies in order to complete my reports. It was neat to see up and coming inventions and what research was being focused on.
Supportive work environment, Campus ammenities, Witness new and improving ideas
I had the opportunity to study and work at K-State, all good experiences except for the fact that research assistants do not have tuition waiver and salaries were not enough to cover then. My area of knowledge also does not have as much funding available, so job security was a problem. In addition, recently the economic crises in the state resulted in cut of funding for education...
Ratio Christi Chapter Director (Former Employee) – K-State – November 10, 2014
The company possessed very poor management abilities and it was beyond being able to deal with effectively, so I left the company. It was also a support raised position so I didn't make barely any money at all.
great atmosphere on campus with the students, loved being in charge of the events and chapter meetings.
poor leadership from the outside and pay was horrible.
Dish room worker at Kansas State University (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – January 4, 2016
Every day, I would eat dinner before work started with my coworkers. Ended up being great friends. I was in line to become a supervisor. A day would typically be: washing various types of dishes depending on what station I was attending to. Then after work, sweep and mopping the dining area.
All day everyday. You are still on duty when you leave the office. The level of basketball knowledge may no rise just because you are a college basketball coach. Everything area is managed very business like. No stones left unturned. Beibg on call 24 hours a day. Traveling around to play in many different arenas.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) – Manhattan, KS – June 5, 2015
I learnt a lot of things. Co-workers were great, but compensation was really bad. I think if it is a great place for undergraduate education. Even graduate school is decent. But due to lack of funds, postdoctoral research sucks. Most of the projects are not funded. Not recommended for pursuing postdoctoral research.
Student employee Financial Aid Office (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – July 18, 2012
Every minute I wasn't in class, I was working in the Financial Aid Office. I was on campus Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm as a full time student and full time employee. I loved working on campus. It was definitely convenient and they worked with my class schedule.
convenient; fun co-workers
had to leave when i graduated; as a work study position, i had no benefits.
The Professors and Instructors I have had the honor working with as a student of theirs has been unquestionably some of the best experiences I have had. I have learned more about myself, and our world as a collective whole in the recent past.
Education gives us our strength to find who we are, stand proud, and become active in all facets in life.
IMSE Research Technician (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – September 3, 2015
This was a good place to work with challenging projects and tasks. It was a positive work environment with great energy. There is a great network of people with fantastic experience. It was enjoyable to work with such talented individuals. I learned a lot and shared a lot as well. It was difficult to manage with a tight budget.
Slow during summer months and holidays, Positive atmosphere.
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Manhattan, KS – February 6, 2014
Because this is an academic research position, there are many opportunities to try out many different creative solutions. It's difficult to manage school/work especially when trying to coordinate with others who are doing the same. At the same time, it has been nice to be able to focus on my studies while maintaining a position at the university.
Being an office coordinator for any department is fun, easy and enjoyable. If you are currently a student at Kansas State and need a part-time job for about 20-25 hours a week ... ask for this position in ANY department. They are needed every semester and they will be flexible around you school schedule.
My time with the KSU Athletic Department has been great. They have allowed me to learn a lot of skills, development some of my own programs to implement and have worked around my course work needs while I have worked on my Masters degree. I am proud to have been a part of KSU Athletics as a Graduate Assistant Counselor.