Puppy Love & Problem Solving: Samantha Paul

How long have you worked at PSI and what did you do before? Sam

I’ve been working here full time since November 2014, and previously I was a student at Virginia Tech and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and Information Systems.

Walk me through a typical day for you at PSI. Do you think anything you do would surprise people?

On a typical day I set up projects and create the related reports, purchase any needed lab or office supplies, maintain working relationships with vendors, receive incoming shipments and make sure they get to the intended user. I also update our accounts payable system as invoices come in, keep track of weekly company breakfasts and birthday celebrations, and perform other various administrative tasks as needed.

Why do you love science?

I love puzzles and figuring out ways to piece problems together by creating a solution that works for everyone, as well as improving and streamlining systems.

What’s a common misconception about the work you do, and why do you think that is?

My job is much more than what my title may suggest – I definitely wear many “hats”. I play an important role in ensuring projects are completed on time — setting up projects promptly, ordering project specific materials and ensuring they arrive on schedule – or helping to find suitable replacements if the desired material is unavailable.

I enjoy being part of the team and helping them produce quality, timely results even if it is in an indirect capacity.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

I really love the purchasing and accounts payable side of my responsibilities. It provides an opportunity for me to service my PSI team well by providing what they need when they need it as well as utilizing my degree. In accounting, everything has its place and everything must balance – this portion of my job brings out the nerd in me!

I also enjoy being able to help others. My position leans heavily on the support side of things. I have the opportunity to come alongside others at PSI and complete tasks that free them up to focus on each project they are working on.

Thinking back on great scientists in history, who is your favorite and why?

That is a tough question. There are so many influential discoveries made throughout history. But, I have the most appreciation for the scientists working in the medical field. From the discovery of DNA and cures for diseases to organ transplant capabilities and artificial limbs – they all better the lives around us. These scientists search tirelessly to discover ways to save and improve lives. I am very thankful for those who use their intelligence and talents for good!

If someone made a TV show or film about PSI, who would you want to play you, and why?

Emma Stone – she is hilarious, witty, and one of my favorite actresses!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’ve always wanted to own and run a horse farm! I have been riding for 16 years now and love every minute of it. You can learn a lot about life through working with a horse. I love horses and would spend all of my time with them if I could, but running a farm is very expensive.

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

My adorable, crazy, hyper, snuggly puppy, Cooper.Capture

What do you do for fun outside of work?

Hike, play with my pup, travel, and spend quality time with friends.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Warning: Crazy pup on board.