Throughout any day I generally run 1-3 subjects and occasionally I get to run subjects on the weekend. In between subjects I have time to read various literature related to my field, most of the time I research journal articles, and find different kind of analytical theories and algorithms that I can apply to the data that we collect during the experiments. The other third of the time that I’m in the lab is spend doing the data crunch in order to create charts that can be used to better understand the data. All of the data analysis that we do for our experiment is done using MATLAB which the bioengineering department at GMU has taught since our freshmen year. I find that it is easy to work with and a very valuable tool to analyses large data sets. In addition to my usual day in the lab we have a lab meeting and journal club meeting once a week in which the undergraduate students, graduate students, and mentors get together to discuss where everyone is in their research and provide peer input. During the journal club a journal article is chosen and discussed by everyone in the lab.
I initially got interested in working in a research lab when I took class provided my mentor Dr. Joiner. During the class he would provide examples of what they did in his lab and gave the class an assignment on it. I thought that it was really interested and approached him the following semester about possibly working with him through the OSCAR USRP program. We worked together to come up with a project and submitted an application. Working as a graduate researcher has taught me very important lessons that I will carry on with me throughout my career as a researcher. I am blessed to have such an opportunity and will continue to take the knowledge that I have learned as I progress in my career. I would like to thank Dr. Joiner for being my mentor and my peers in the sensorimotor for giving me support during my undergraduate experience.