When my advisor informed me that I would mentor a summer student during my remaining months of graduate school, I was not thrilled. I sighed, I complained, I rolled my eyes, I repeatedly pushed my hair off my forehead even though it was tied back.
I didn't think I had the time or the patience to deal with an undergraduate researcher. There were experiments to do, papers to write, committee members to convince and a deadline to graduate looming in the distance. Besides, my medical student researcher a few summers ago turned out great and I really didn't think I would hit the jackpot twice.
I am so glad that I was wrong. My Peruvian summer student (PSS) is a hard worker and my advisor and I are asking her to stay in the lab for the next semester. Instead of making my summer a pain in the butt, she has helped me out tremendously and will continue to do so for a few more months. I am very excited about this turn of events.
She spent part of the summer screening a transposon library and now she will get to map the transposon insertion sites. I hope all of them aren't genes that I already know about.