What did your administrative role in the Coon lab entail?
Typical work depended on the day, but often involved financing, scheduling and correspondence, documentation, organizing travel for lab members and visitors, ordering supplies—behind the scenes tasks that made the lab run smoothly. New projects come up along the way.
How did this work fit in with your other interests and goals?
I also worked in a research position at Bret Payseur’s Evolutionary Genetics lab, and so I enjoyed being in a lab environment at the Coon lab while learning more about the administrative side to a lab. Now knowing more about what goes on behind the scenes, I’m much more appreciative of the not necessarily flashy and cutting-edge but really essential work that administration provides. On the other side, I’m so impressed by what the scientists are doing in mass spec and proteomics every day in the Coon lab.
This is something I didn’t realize when I first applied and interviewed, but being here in the Coon lab has given me so many and such high quality connections that will be really beneficial in my job searches. Working in this kind of professional and collaborative environment has helped wherever I go—whether it’s medical school and clinical genetics or genetic counseling.
Earn your Ph.D. with us
The Coon Group is always on the lookout for new members. Professor Coon accepts students from several UW-Madison doctoral programs including Chemistry, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), and Cellular & Molecular Pathology.