After choosing the faculty member you'd like to conduct research with, the next step is meeting with them to discuss joining their research group. We understand that your first meeting with a potential research mentor can be intimidating, and that's why we are here to help! It's completely normal to be nervous about the first meeting, but utilizing the information on this page will help you to be prepared.
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Working in the Research Group
During the meeting, you may be asked some of the common questions from the various areas that are listed below. It is important to consider your responses before the meeting. Practice your answers by having someone ask you some of the questions.
This is an essential question in most interviews that allows the faculty member to learn more about who you are. It is important to include the correct information in your response to this question. Structure your answer so it provides faculty with enough information on who you are:
*It can take about 3-5 minutes to answer these questions*
Tips for answering the "About Yourself" question:
What are you interested in? What are you currently working on?
"I have been interested in dairy cattle research for some time now and have had experience handling and obtaining urine, feces, and milk samples. One reason why I particularly enjoy working with cattle is that I’m more comfortable with cattle anatomy and the challenges that go along with it. Currently, I am a part-time employee at the Dairy Center.”
What have you worked on in the past? Mention your strengths & abilities.
“During my recent experience assisting in research, I was responsible for moving and handling cattle at the Dairy Center. I had to be an effective communicator for things to run smoothly. My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it is completed on time."
Find more information on composing follow-up emails here!