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Roles and Expectations of a SEAL

To become a SEAL, go to the "Apply Online" page.  Fill out and return the form as directed on the application.  These applications are reviewed by the SEAL faculty and students and hiring decisions made.
If accepted as a SEAL, you would be working on scientific research projects proposed by Louisiana businesses under the guidance of Southeastern faculty.  In addition, you would be expected to prepare reports on your research for presentation to clients and to advertise and promote the SEAL program. Presentation of research results would be made to clients and at scientific meeting of regional, national and international scope.  Promotional presentations would be made at Louisiana high schools or to other Louisiana Universities.
No experience is necessary – the purpose of the SEAL program is to teach you how to do these sorts of things.
The SEAL program is open to all student levels, but freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to apply.  It is open to all majors, although the sort of research performed would probably appeal most to science majors.  But business majors who expect to work in technical areas with scientists might profit from participation in the SEAL program.
SEALs are expected to work 20 hours per week during regular semesters and 40 hours per week for six weeks in the summer.  It is important that you consider carefully whether you can fulfill this obligation before you apply. Adjustments will be made to accommodate coursework (in fact, SEALs are expected to maintain superior academic performance), but SEALs are expected to move the projects of industry clients along.
There are three levels in the SEAL program: researcher, senior researcher and manager, each with higher pay and progressively greater responsibility.  You begin as a researcher and can advance as you demonstrate ability and dedication and accept greater responsibility.

STUDENT RESEARCHER:
Performs daily research activities
Reports on research results
Prepares research proposals for clients

SENIOR STUDENT RESEARCHER:
As above, plus
Delegates and coordinates research activities
Supervise the preparation of proposals and reports

STUDENT MANAGER:
As above, plus
Responsiblity for safety
Responsibility for finances
Responsibility for performance of other SEALs

Examples of the daily tasks of a SEAL are:
· Constructing or modifying a viscometer
· Synthesizing chemical compounds
· Calibrating a refractive index detector
· Measuring light scattered by a polymer solution
· Preparing samples for calibration and measurement or characterization
· Analyzing measurement data with scientific software and theoretical models.

· Analyzing IR, NMR, GC-MS, and GC spectra.