This summer, Ive got three undergrads in the lab.
While some might view this as babysitting, I love it. Love it!! … which is probably why I have three this summer… but it is easy to love when youve had the fantastic students we have had in the lab in the past, and the three awesome young women that are playing in my lab this summer.
The thing is, when you are dealing with n00bs, who have no clue what you are talking about, much less what you are doing, much less how to do what you want them to do (or why), you do spend a lot of time explaining whats going on. And when you have three little ones to look after, I realized today I spent the entire day sounding like the “An den?” lady from one of the best films of our time, “Dude, Wheres my Car?”
“First you need to do this an den you need to do that an den we are going to do this an den you are going to do this an den you all need to take the samples down to Dr. Xs lab an den you need to do this an deeeeeeeen……ANDENANDENANDENANDEN!”
Im waiting for one of them to scream at me “NO AN DEN!”
But they just keep doin what I tell em to do with big ol smiles on their faces!
… But the summer research experience is young… LOL!