- Installing RStudio, along with ggplot and Bioconductor packages in R
- Familiarizing myself with basic R fundamentals, such as coding, debugging, syntax
- Understanding how to read scientific papers
- Time Management: I’m also juggling a lab position, so I had to manage my time wisely to make sure I was effectively completing my duties as PM leader and as a STEM-Away participant.
- Project Management: I set up my team’s Trello, managed our Google Suite workspaces (Calendar, Drive, Google Group), and I made a few (hopefully) helpful STEM-Away posts.
- Leadership, Co-Mentoring: I learned to work with both project leads, and leadership of the other Bioinformatics teams in order to ensure our team participants were starting out on the right foot.
- I had a past version of R downloaded, so updating to the latest version of R (v4.1.0), which allowed me to download the latest version of Bioconductor, and bypassing several “file not found” errors during this process
- I now have a basic understanding of bioinformatics.
- I familiarized myself with R syntax and code and with working in RStudio.
Difficulties Completing Tasks:
- The STEM-Away platform was difficult and confusing to navigate at first but as I interacted with it more, I found it easier to find the posts and information I was looking for.