High School Student Appointment Procedure
This procedure has the following purposes:
When must an appointment be requested?
A HS student must request an appointment to do research.
Can a HS student show up without an appointment?
A HS student can work without an appointment but not on research. Only approved jobs from the "fixit" list (white board). Such work is limited to less than four (4) hours per week. These jobs often must be explained by the supervising student or lab director; therefore, advanced notice is still required--just not the detailed plan of a regular appointment.
Duration of appointments
Appointments will only be honored when they exceed 3 hours from start to finish; this is just about the minimum time to get anything meaningful done.
A missed appointment is disrespectful to the student supervisors, who will have planned in advance. Transportation issues, school events and final exams are not valid reasons to miss an appointment. These can all be anticipated. Illness is a valid excuse, but the HS student will notify the supervisor as soon as possible.
What to include with the appointment request
Experimental Plan: In case of a new segment (new means beyond existing plan) you will write up the plan, including what chemicals you need, concentrations, weights, glassware, molarities, molecular weights, hazards, points where you need training. .
Here is an example in which the plan is to make a 1% solution of bovine serum albumin.
Hazards from MSDS: none--BSA is a harmless material.
Things I do not know how to do: Use Pipetman correctly--does it matter how snugly the tip is put on?
In case you are continuing an approved plan not finished during the previous appointment, you may just write "continuation".
Check-in and Check-out procedure
You will pick up your lab notebook from your supervisor. He or she will have printed the plan, made alterations and annotations, and taped it into your notebook. He or she will have planned to teach any new procedures and will have decided the location of the research (sometimes, we will move you to another lab to be close to the graduate student and ensure close oversight).
At the end of the appointment, you will return your lab notebook to your supervisor.
The supervisor will check that all reactions are stable, that samples are properly labeled, and that the lab work area is clean.