February 20, 2018

A day in the life of RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Name: Anani Atsu Prince

Qualification: BSc, Biomedical Engineering

Secondary School attended: Keta Senior High Technical School

Tertiary Institution attended: University of Ghana

 

 

  • I got into my job as a research assistant by applying to an opening in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Ghana.

 

  • My usual day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm

 

  • On a typical day, I arrive at the office at about 7:00am, my daily rituals prior to the day’s work include entering my name in the department’s log book, checking emails and preparing a work plan for the day. I make sure to inquire for any special instructions from the general office. At about 8:30am, I meet up with the course lecturer to discuss about the day’s events, after which I update already prepared notes or write new notes for upcoming classes which I am responsible for as a research assistant. After lectures, I have time with students to further explain concepts, to answer questions or clear any doubts. In case there is need for any further explanations, tutorial meetings are scheduled with students during my office hours.  Whenever I have three or more hours in-between, after or before classes, I meet with my research supervisor for lab work, literature review or to work on manuscripts. When we have any upcoming seminars, presentations or conferences in the day, I work alongside with other colleagues for proper organization and smooth running.
  • The best part of my job is the organization of tutorials and providing online support for students. As a research assistant, I also enjoy exchanging ideas through discussions with my supervisor and coworkers relating to research findings.

 

  • The worst part of my job is having to deal with students failing assignments and exams after providing them with the necessary assistance.

 

  • A memorable moment I have had was when I received a high commendation from my Head of Department for my hard work in helping start the project of building a museum for the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Ghana. It is always interesting to work with an institution where problem-solving experiences and initiatives are esteemed and rewarded.

 

  • Outside of work I love to volunteer in programmes that aim at promoting STEM in Ghana. In addition, I give motivational talks, read scientific journals and novels, and play the piano.

 

  • My advice to students out there is, science and technology are not bounded by time, location, or race and as such, everybody can become a mastermind in any chosen field they wish to venture into. Just believe in your aspirations, work hard, be honest and above all, think right because your thoughts eventually define what you become.