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Data-Intensive Research Projects

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by Marquis_Phoenix, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Marquis_Phoenix

    Marquis_Phoenix Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    Suppose your undergraduate research interests are in an area where independent experimental thought is fairly restricted lab-wise, for example in genome-wide association studies or variation mapping studies.

    Switch labs?
     
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  3. ThatOne

    ThatOne New Member 2+ Year Member

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    I don't think a lot of undergraduate research students engage in "independent experimental thought." Of course, if you're working with something very expendable, like yeast, you might design some experiments etc. that your PI would just review, but if you don't like things like yeast and bacteria, why torture yourself?

    The more important thing is understanding the broader picture. Know the history of the field, the current most pressing questions, the future applications of the knowledge people are trying to gain. If you understand and can articulate these things well, you will do fine during the MSTP admissions process, which is what I assume you are worrying about.
     

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