It was a great opportunity and the amazing people made it a thriving environment for learning.
Pros: great experience, especially to get into graduate school, and flexible working environment as we could work anywhere with a secure internet connection.
Cons: low pay, and at times, slow and monotonous time periods of waiting to get our files through the queue.
• I would arrive around 9am and be greeted by my research adviser. I would do independent research for about 4 hours then we would meet to discuss in a group setting for a short period to give updates. Lunch was about half an hour and we left usually around 5:30pm.
• My Adviser was very willing to help us in any format needed. She was understanding, but expected hard work and continuous updates on our research assignments.
• The accessibility to the supercomputer was a very hard part of the job because if we could not get our files ran, then we would be slowed down in our progress.
• I loved the friendly environment and fun and exciting discussions available as the people at the institution shared many of the same interests and hobbies as I do.