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General Advice

More Then a Tour

Touring a research laboratory is more than just the tour itself. While you're there, make sure to ask pertinent questions about the STEM career path and scope out any internship opportunities. While these future opportunities may be limited due to age restrictions, these laboratories will always be happy to provide you with further resources and connections. 

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Evaluate Whether Science Research is For You

Touring a research laboratory can provide new information about various STEM career paths. After touring a laboratory, take some time to reflect on your experience and evaluate whether this line of work appeals to you. 

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Talk to as Many People as Possible

Undergraduates, PHD students, and professors are all involved in science research laboratories. Each of these groups has there own perspectives and advice. Be sure to talk to as many people as possible about topics or ideas that you are interested in.

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Example Questions

Why did you become a science researcher?

Do you have any advice for how to get involved with research science when I am an undergraduate?

How did you realize you wanted to major in a STEM field?

What did you do as a high school student that helped you as a STEM major?

What types of internships or opportunities did you engage in as a high schooler?

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Learn More About What the Laboratory Does and the Equipment They Use

The undergraduate students, PHD students, and professors working in these laboratories are brilliant and love discussing what they do. Make sure to ask questions about the laboratory that will help you learn more about the main focus of their lab. This may entail a small amount of research beforehand. Additionally, these laboratories use specialized equipment that is outside the scope of a normal high school laboratory. Ask these laboratories about what specific tools do and how the lab utilizes them. 

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Arriving at the Laboratory

Many research laboratories have restricted access. This means that you must make sure that a member of the laboratory is aware when you will arrive. Furthermore, many laboratories are located in a complex surrounded by other labs. Make sure to ask about the precise location and the best entrance to use. Parking may also be difficult as many college campuses and research facilities have restricted parking. Be prepared to park on the street and walk. 

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