Lab Assistant (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – December 29, 2013
I would go into the lab and meet with graduate students, and assist them with whatever they were working on. As the youngest person in the lab, I wasn't given many tasks other than to help the graduate students. I did learn a lot about nanotechnology, drug encapsulation, liposomes, lasers, and learned how to use a mass spectrometer.
Buyer Senior (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – August 26, 2016
Great place to work, wonderful spirit with our top teams in the PAC12, our student run Spring Fling carnival is always a big event here, Student Union great place to eat. Small enough town to where the traffic isnt too horrible.
Information Technology Support Analyst, Senior (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – August 24, 2016
It is a great place to work, although the advancement and compensation can stall quickly. I would like to see a more stable approach to advancement and a compensation package that is more in-line with the corporate model. However, the workplace balance far makes up for it.
Graduate Research Associate (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – June 22, 2016
Being a grad student at the University of Arizona on a fellowship has lots of variation. When everything is perfectly aligned (funding, projects, research, development, and classes) it is the most amazing experience possible. The faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department are among the most intelligent people you'll ever meet. Generally you'll have a great deal of intellectual freedom. Each advisor is different, but mine let me direct my own research. This is good if you are self-motivated. One co-worker wasn't self-motivated and spent over 10 years with the same advisor, not graduating.
The work became very difficult when funding sources were drying up. I wanted to change directions for my PhD research from my Master's work. Writing proposals can take 40+ to 80+ hours, which you don't get paid for, aren't guaranteed to win, and sometimes the university is too slow to submit the paperwork (they have to review grant proposals) so you're never even in the competition for funding.
Great place with lots of smart people.
When your funding & research aren't aligned, you'll be putting in 80ish hours/week
A fantastic place to learn with an unfortunate instability with funding
Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – June 14, 2016
I have learned an incredible amount about conducting scientific research, writing coherently, and teaching others while at the U of A. However, the disparity of funding across departments and internal instability is very hard on graduate students trying to complete research for their theses. My coworkers are incredible, and amazing things are being studied in every discipline I've interacted with.
CAPS program, Rec Center, Brilliant Coworkers
Lack of Funding, slow response of administration at times