Taskmastering

Jul 01 2015 Published by under Lab, Mentoring

For the summer I have been fortunate to be assigned (read: saddled) with a high school intern. It turns out this kid kicks ass and has been nothing less than a pleasure, making reevaluate my dim view of summer interns. My goal from day one was to make them fairly autonomous but giving them a real project for which they have helped to collect data on. And they've done a great job helping me finish up the last few figures for a paper we are trying to push out the door soon. And its a win win for them to as they are wanting to use the work they did in the lab towards gaining an International Baccalaureate diploma.

I've been really impressed at their desire and ability to grasp not just the procedural stuff but also the conceptual aspects of what we do. This intern has been fun and really rejuvenating, I'll be sad to see them go. But we might work out some type of research arrangement in the fall.

2 responses so far

  • Noncoding Arenay says:

    I have found some high school and undergrad students to be excellent in the lab. I like to test them out by taking them in for a semester or so on credits and the ones that stand out can come back for further credits and a real project (some undergrads working with me have earned authorship on multiple papers) or even paid positions (especially in summer) if the monies are available.

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