What does your administrative role in the Coon lab entail?
My role as the lab coordinator in the Coon Lab entails doing exactly what the name of the position suggests — I help coordinate the lab from the back-end, administrative side-of-things in order to ensure that the lab runs without issue. My duties are broad– I work with scheduling, finances, documentation, pipette calibration, intra-lab communication, and more. New and interesting projects always appear, however. For example, this summer I will be helping set up a summer school program.
“Working at the Coon Lab as a Lab Coordinator is an amazing opportunity to work closely with scientists and help them accomplish their amazing projects in proteomics and mass spectrometry from an administrative position.”
How does this work fit in with your other interests and goals?
Working at the Coon Lab as a Lab Coordinator is an amazing opportunity to work closely with scientists and help them accomplish their amazing projects in proteomics and mass spectrometry from an administrative position.
This position also fits in with my other interests and goals in various unique ways. For instance, this position fits in with my Psychology major as I get to experience how a lab works from the back-end. I am currently a research assistant for the Koenigs lab and Niedenthal Emotions lab and previously was a research assistant in the Social Kids Lab, so while I know what research looks like from the experimental, theoretical and data-driven side of things, the administrative role helps me understand the other necessary aspects that need to go into a lab to ensure it runs well and without trouble. In regards to my English and Journalism majors, working as a Lab Coordinator involves a lot of communication and writing; I am a liaison between other members in the lab and need to ensure that messages and needs come across appropriately. I accomplish this through interpersonal communication, sending emails, using a shared calendar to schedule appointments and the like, in order to make sure that demands are met. Overall, this position has also helped me become a better communicator.
The administrative duties I undertake each day in this lab also benefit me in my day-to-day life; I feel that because of this position, I have become a more organized and creative problem solver. Additionally, working in the Coon Lab has made me more appreciative of the amazing, interesting and necessary work that STEM majors and scientists do each day.
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.