The Spielman Lab Philosophy
Lab Expectations and Commitments
Expectations of Students
Below, you will find expectations that I have of students in the lab. As a student researcher in my lab group, I expect you will…
- Come prepared for weekly meetings with questions or problems to discuss (and a recent git commit showing work done).
- Read scientific literature and discover what excites you.
- Be communicative with me when work is going well and when work isn’t going well.
- Think carefully about scientific problems and problems you encounter in your research, and come to me with questions or to discuss.
- Be motivated to accomplish the goals we set together for your research
- Take ownership of your work and approach your research with intellectual independence
- Upon completing a project or leaving the lab, write up your results in the format of a scientific paper for publication on a pre-print server, with the option for future peer-reviewed publication.
- Maintain sufficient lab notes (can be electronic) such that your research is reproducible and can be “transferred”, if/when needed, to future lab members.
- Alert me to letters I need to write with sufficient time (a week is usually sufficient, but more may be needed if it is a busy season).
- Get me documents that need to be read, such as theses, two weeks in advance. Ideally this will not be the first time I see the document.
- Keep track of your progress towards graduation and maintain an overall good academic standing.
- Most importantly, enjoy yourself! Research can be difficult, but it is also very rewarding. If you are struggling to find the rewards, I expect you to speak with me so we can figure out the best course of action for you to succeed.
Expectations of Dr. Spielman
Below, you will find expectations you as the student should have of me. If you are a research student in my lab, you can expect that I will…
- Provide guidance and mentorship in scientific approaches, methods, data analysis and visualization, scientific writing, etc. while fostering your ability to accomplish scientific goals independently.
- Meet with you one-one-one for at least one hour per week.
- Assist in setting goals, timelines, and be a sounding board for your ideas.
- Help you navigate the various postgraduate opportunities (including industry, academic, or professional pursuits) that you will have.
- Write letters for you for graduate school, professional school, or jobs
- Provide feedback on academic output including grants, proposals, posters, and papers
- Maintain email and, when possible, in-person availability on a regular basis
- Consistently communicate my schedule and any instances of changing availability with you.