Lab Expectations

Dr. Kat takes mentoring very seriously. Therefore, whether you are a high school student, undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or lab tech, these are the expectations Dr. Kat has for you and you should have of Dr. Kat.

Academic expectations

  1. You will:
    1. Maintain a 2.5 GPA or better to remain in my lab.
    2. Let Dr. Kat know when you are struggling in class and need to cut back on lab work
  2. Dr. Kat will:
    1. Adjust expectations of time devoted to lab based on amount of academic work you have

Research expectations

  1. Dr. Kat will provide:
    1. Supplies
    2. Time for discussion/consultation/guidance
      1. Regular weekly or bi-weekly 15 minute meetings to review lab work
      2. Available for drop-ins and appointments for other discussions
    3. Project guidance, including help planning, designing, and establishing a timeline for when projects will be completed
    4. Provide training in written and oral communication skills, lab management, animal research policies, ethical research practices, and professionalism
    5. Editorial services (grant applications, papers, etc)
    6. Lab safety training
  2. You will:
    1. Provide Dr. Kat with an updated schedule every term, and keep her informed when you will be away
    2. Maintain at least 6 hours/week for volunteer time, 3 hours per week/credit if working in the lab for class credit
    3. Attend lab meetings
    4. Help plan, design, and conduct research projects, including establishing a timeline for when projects will be completed
    5. Maintain a legible and thorough lab notebook. For each experiment, please write:
      1. Objective
      2. Background
  • Methods, including deviations from established methods
  1. Results
  2. Conclusion
  3. Compliance with institutional policies, including lab safety and animal use.
  4. Be a good lab member, which includes helping with shared responsibilities, careful use of resources, maintenance of a safe and clean space, and demonstration of respect toward personnel.
  5. If we agree to publish results, help writing and/or editing the manuscript
  6. If taking research for credit, prepare: outline of project -> abstract -> presentation rough draft -> final draft

Professional development

  1. Dr. Kat will provide:
    1. Career guidance
    2. Editorial services (CV, applications for conferences/funding opportunities, papers)
    3. Letters of recommendation
    4. If requested, help create a career development plan
    5. At conferences or meetings, introduce you to others in the field
  2. You will:
    1. Create rough drafts of presentations for Dr. Kat to review at least 2 weeks before presentation/poster is due
    2. Incorporate Dr. Kat’s suggestions as needed
    3. Provide Dr. Kat with final version prior to printing/giving presentation