Posted by: missouriugr | June 12, 2007

Advice on how to succeed in an intern-mentor relationship, Austin Ostermeier

Ostermeier

“I would read up on the latest publications from the lab. This will allow you to have some idea of what your mentor is talking about when you enter the lab. Mentors like it if you are able to hit the ground running. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Its not a matter of looking dumb. You aren’t going to be expected to cure cancer on your first day. By asking questions you avoid any confusion later on (and thus minimize mistakes) and it also lets your mentor know that you are really interested in what you are studying. Lastly, don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with. Sometimes mentors think that quickly showing you something once is enough instruction for you to do it on your own the next time. Hopefully you are taking notes whenever you learn something new. If not and you don’t exactly know what you are doing, by all means let your mentor know. It is way better to take things slowly than make mistakes. Your mentor will appreciate it.”

Good luck this summer! – Austin the Undergrad

Austin is a senior in microbiology at MU and is spending his summer at the University of California-San Francisco in the Amgen Scholars Program. As an intern last summer with the MU Research Scholars program he worked with Dr. Habib Zaghouani. Austin is also one of our Research Ambassadors. READ MORE ABOUT AUSTIN

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