Class year: 2012
Job title: Research Assistant
How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)
I was an active researcher, teaching assistant and thesis student in Dr. Paul Currie's behavioral neuroscience lab at Reed for 2 years. After graduation, I continued to work in Paul's lab as a research assistant under his Murdoch Grant for the summer. At the end of my summer work, I was hired by Dr. Chris Cunningham as a research assistant in his behavioral neuroscience lab at OHSU, where I still work.
What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?
One of the most valuable things I got from Reed was a ton of lab experience before I graduated that made me a very competitive applicant for lab positions. Graduate schools love previous research experience as well. Get in on any research you can, gain lab skills, and become the go to person for lab help.
It can be difficult to give up fun summers free of obligations, but getting a position in labs at Reed and elsewhere can really boost your hireability and CV.
In what ways you think you can help Reed students?
I can give insight on what to do during college to be hired by research labs.