Once you've passed an initial screening via our online form (see end of post) and an in-person interview, you will go through a fairly rigorous training period with me before I can allow you to process any of my samples on your own. You will be assisting me in my wet lab endeavors in exchange for research experience (good for graduate and medical school applications!) and, minimally, acknowledgements in my future publications. There is also a possibility that you could earn PSU credit once you've become an established member of our lab, to be discussed with Dr. Perry [i.e. PJ] at a later date. I've detailed a few more expectations for you in the yellow box below.
What to expect as an undergrad researcher
during current application cycle:
- Volunteer directly with a graduate student [me] to develop research and professional skills
- Have opportunities to discuss research process, scientific literature, and careers in academia with other grad students/post-docs in the Perry lab
- Learn modern DNA wet lab techniques, including sample processing, DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR amplification, and library preparation