Hey people, I'm a sophmore and haven't done any research yet. I plan doing research for the next 2 years starting next fall. I'll also be getting my first taste of it this summer at NIH, I've been accepted into their SIP. My problem is that I'm a bit wary of picking a lab here at home becuz no matter how many people I speak to, I can't get over the fact that I probably won't know what I'm getting myself into until I get myself into it. I'm not worried about not liking research, I just get confused about what kind of research I should be doing along this MSTP(hopefully) path. I'm double majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Anthropology, so I'm into evolution and all that. I was basically offered a spot in a lab that does that kind of work. Specifically, this is what they do: "Our research concerns the evolution of primate genes and genomes, and focuses on the molecular basis for adaptive evolution. We combine bioinformatic and experimental molecular approaches. Current projects include: (1) the molecular phylogeny of the Old World monkeys; (2) adaptive co-evolution between the proteins involved in oxidative phosphorylation; (3) genetic changes unique to the human lineage; and (4) proteins involved in primate spermatogenesis and fertilization." They also work under a grant from NHGRI. So, as far as MSTPs go, how would that look for me? Is the improtant thing really just that I do any research? I was originally gonna try to do some more obviously health-related research, but since I get to combine my majors with this work, it's attractive to me. I'm asking becuz when I apply next year, this is all the research I will probably have done, besides the NIH thing. I'm kinda looking for some encouragement to do this, but I want to do work that shows I'm serious about health-related research, so please be frank. What can you MSTPers out there tell me about this? I didn't mean for this to get so long, but thank you for any insight and advice anyone can give.