Victoria Illnick began working for REDSS Lab in the fall of 2014 when she began her master’s program at MSU. Drs. Urban and Linver were looking for another Master’s student and Victoria was really interested in gaining experience in research. Before working at the REDSS lab, she had limited research experience and was looking to hone her research skills and learn what the process entailed. She has participated in all aspects of the research process, including data collection and analysis.
In her free time, she loves to read, do yoga, bake and cook, and spend time with friends, family, and her fiancé. Though she loved traveling to Italy for Thanksgiving in 2012, her favorite place to visit is Topsail Island, North Carolina. And she would know because she was lucky to have had two summer jobs that allowed her to travel all over the country, and as a result has visited 27 states!
Victoria is enthusiastic about her work in the lab. She has been able to participate in the research process and enjoyed traveling to conferences not only to present the lab’s work, but also to see others’ research in the same area. Her favorite part about working here is how well we all get along. She says, “It makes it so much easier and much more fun.” In fact, she’d advise future students to do research in a lab, even if they don’t think they want to go into research as a career. She feels it’s a valuable experience because, in addition to gaining knowledge and research skills, you learn necessary life skills like how to work in a collaborative setting, how to meet deadlines effectively, and how to utilize your skills to highlight your best qualities.