Quality varies from lab to lab
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE 68104 – March 16, 2017
As a GRA, the job varies depending on what lab you're in and what projects that lab has. I did data analysis, paper writing, proposal writing, and programming at my job. Some weeks would be entirely data analysis where others may be entirely programming. The only hard deadlines are for conferences and journals, which also vary by field. My advisor was fantastic and supportive and I had a full lab with many peers to bounce ideas off of. Others aren't so lucky and often work alone for long periods of time.
tuition funded, work at your own pace, flexible for travel
can be lonely, support and fulfilling work not guaranteed