Please (briefly) describe the student’s role each year reflecting increasing responsibility:
Year 1 Responsibility/ Function
During the first year, the student would assist in receiving, processing and preparing samples for diagnostic work in the laboratory. This would include learning good laboratory practices and performing work that supports the overall functioning in the lab such as recording, weighing and collected tissues, cutting in tissues, preserving samples for PCR, preparing solutions, autoclaving and general cleanup as well as other varied duties in the laboratory. The student would work directly with Dr. Smolowitz and the aquatic diagnostic technician, Kate Markey.
Year 2 Responsibility/ Function
During the second year, the student would participate in and learn basic molecular diagnostic techniques used in the laboratory including, but not limited to, quantitative PCR and PCR, as well as use of microscopes for documenting findings. The student would work directly with Dr. Smolowitz and the aquatic diagnostic technician, Kate Markey.
Year 3 Responsibility/ Function
By the third year, the student would be expected to provide major help in lab with minimal supervision, including, but not limited to, running PCRs and documenting findings photomicrographically. The student would work directly with Dr. Smolowitz and the aquatic diagnostic technician, Kate Markey.
Please describe how this role will support the student’s academic progress/experience:
The student will become proficient in commonly used general laboratory and molecular methods, resulting in direct employability or experience that will help dramatically in acquiring a graduate level position in another university.