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Advice for summer research???

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ejswenso, May 14, 2014.

  1. ejswenso


    Mar 13, 2014
    Dear friends,

    I was wondering which of these two options sounds better to you:

    On the one hand, I could spend the summer working with a graduate student at MIT on a project that he has already begun. This work would be on the experimental side, and I would gain a lot from his expertise. With this option, he has guaranteed me a place on the paper as an author (it would probably be published in a journal). It would most likely require an extra year of work, either after my senior year, or during my senior year.

    Option two is to work on my own experiment, using data that the lab has already collected. My job would be to do a computational analysis, and try to drive a model. This option would probably end up with me publishing at my university, and not in a major journal. I would be completely in charge of it, and while I do enjoy autonomy, it would probably take longer to get things moving. I'll be in the lab for 2 months. For this option, I would also probably be working on this project during my senior year so in either case, I will spend about a year and three months working on the project.

    You guys have thoughts on which of these sound better?

    By the way, I discovered the use of voice to text on Macs (double tap fn), and I have really been impressed with it.
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  3. La Presse

    La Presse Due to the fact.... 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    At Caillou's House.
    The grad student's work, from what you have described, seems a bit more novel. Go with that. That could potentially be published in a solid journal.
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  4. MrMe123

    MrMe123 2+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2013
    Has the grad student definitely found promising preliminary results? If yes, then option 1. Even if not, I would most likely recommend Option 1.

    You likely won't find promising results when analyzing data. If you're being offered a chance to be working on guaranteed significant results, then take it.

    Also, it's professional pub vs. university pub. If you can get published in a peer reviewed journal as a second/third author I think that beats a university journal
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  5. hoihaie

    hoihaie Banned Banned

    Mar 6, 2014
    Grad student work for sure
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  6. DaenarysDuhh


    May 31, 2013
    Agreed. It's always great to take the opportunity to learn from someone else, among the other reasons people listed!
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  7. ejswenso


    Mar 13, 2014
    Well that is overwhelmingly useful/convincing. Thank you guys!

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