Superfund Research Program
In the summer of 2010, Ashley Gadsden worked as a student assistant to the research assistant and office assistant at the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP). She was involved in using software for data entry purposes, and she learned to use Microsoft Office applications. She also participated in making kits for use in field studies: urine collection kits, blood collection kites, placenta kits, toenail collection kits, water bottle kits, and other items that went to the study participants.
According to Ashley, every day allowed new and exciting experiences and she was able to interact with different personnel involved in several studies. She saw first-hand the myriad of tasks and responsibilities that every person must do to move a scientific study forward. This experience has also helped Ashley to identify long-term career goals, solidifying her desire to pursue a career in the health field. Ashley says, "I am thankful that I was able to find a job that allows me both to fulfill my immediate responsibilities but also promotes my long-term goals."