1. What are the benefits of joining the Rose Lab?
-In addition to receiving a course grade every quarter that can positively affect your GPA (given that you are committed and work diligently while in the lab), there are several other notable benefits as well. If you work enough quarters and have showed commitment, leadership qualities, and maintain a positive attitude, you will have earned a letter of recommendation, which will come in handy if you are applying to secondary or graduate school (i.e. medical school, optometry school, dental school, pharmacy school.)
2. What kind of work do we do in the lab?
-Undergraduates help set up experiments, collect data, and maintain fruit fly populations as well as the lab. We work in groups so if you don’t feel comfortable with any given task there is always someone willing to teach and help you.
3. What’s the difference between Bio 198 and Bio 199?
-Upon joining the lab you will start off as a Bio 198 researcher. After two quarters you can be promoted to be a Bio 199 student, given that you have shown commitment, dedication, cooperation, and leadership qualities while you are in the lab. Bio 199 students lead teams of Bio 198 students in setting up experiments and collecting data, as such Bio 199 students are known as experiment leaders. Bio 198 students who show promise early can be promoted sooner than two quarters. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND PROMOTIONS ARE EARNED NOT GIVEN.
4. Are there any prerequisites?
-Yes! Both Bio 94 and Bio 194S must be completed with a passing grade before applying.
5. How can I become a research student at the Rose Lab?
-Please use the APPLY tab for stepwise instructions on how to apply to our lab.
6. If I join the lab, how many units will I get?
-You may choose to receive 3, 4, or 5 units. However, for each unit you receive, you are expected to dedicate four hours of time to the lab every week (i.e. if you sign up for 4 units, you must commit 16 hours every week for lab work). When applying you will be asked to indicate how many units you wish to register.
7. How are lab schedules determined?
-Schedules are determined based on the hours you are available during the week. When you send in your availability, your assigned graduate student will create a schedule based on the number of you units you wish to register. This schedule is what you will use for every week of the quarter.
8. Although I submitted my schedule a few weeks ago, I would like to make a change to when I come into the lab. Is that possible?
– After you been given your weekly schedule, you are expected to commit to those time slots. If you need to make a change to your schedule you will need a really good reason why a change is needed. In other words, make sure the hours you initially submitted as “available” you are in fact available. If you are waited listed for a class or something to that affect, please consider that time slot as unavailable. That way if you get in it wont’ impact your lab schedule.
9. If I have to miss a shift, how do I make up those hours?
-If you know that you must miss a particular day of research that you are scheduled to work, make sure you find someone that is willing to come into lab during your time. You will need to make up an equal amount of hours for that person at a later time. Please inform your supervising graduate student about the situation and who will be covering you during your missed hours.
9. Do we have research during Finals week?
– The lab does operate during Finals week because the fruit flies must be maintained. However, we try our best to finish research projects ahead of time so that all research students are given Finals week off!
10. After completing the steps mentioned in Question 1, I have officially registered for the lab and have submitted my schedule. Tomorrow is my first day in the lab! Do I need to bring anything into lab?
-Yes, closed toe-ed shoes and comfortable clothes.