Some research doesn't lend itself to fast results, and you can't make the significant results happen -- they either do or not. If you can get a recomendation letter from someone when the time comes, and have research to put on your CV, it wasn't a total waste. But obviously an abstract or publication would be nice.coffeeluver said:I'm not getting much results. I feel like 2 months is too short to find any significant results. Was this a waste of my summer vacation? How is your summer research going?
Your reference to personal demons would be much more humorous if they could see your avatar.braluk said:lol i actually wrote about repetitive research in my personal statement, it went like this
"Though the potential benefits of researching for a safer and better anticoagulant are staggering, researching at the Mayo often became repetitive, and often without result. I knew that many would simply give up, citing that the risks of spending a life conducting such research with no guarantee of success are too great. My experience in college, however, battling my personal demons and performing on stage has taught me that persistence and stubbornness are necessary to take such risks in a world that desires immediate results."
My feelings exactly.coffeeluver said:I'm not getting much results. I feel like 2 months is too short to find any significant results. Was this a waste of my summer vacation? How is your summer research going?
thesauce said:My feelings exactly.
Yeah...clinical studies are more challenging at the front end (IRB approval needed, subject recruitment issues, sample analysis) than basic reseach. Basic research is much harder in the middle (collecting data in the lab usually requires folds more contact time) and at the back end (publication usually only after several revisions, requiring more experiements). I did six years of basic research and two years of clinical research before med school so I decided to do translational research this summer.Medbound786 said:Hey guys;
I know the pain of getting slow results all too well !! Out of curiosity, are you guys doing clincial studies or basic sciences? I hear that clinical projects complete faster and have greater chances of giving a publication.
They tried that but the chimp kept eating the pipette tips. Med students are more respectful of lab property.Acherona said:then stick you with an unrelated boring menial task they could pay a smart chimpanzee 6 bucks an hour to complete.
Acherona said:ugh, if it makes you feel any better my "research" consists of entering blood and urine lab values into an excel spreadsheet for some really lame retrospective clinical study on bone density. Never believe PIs about what "your project" will be. They woo you with some sexy-sounding study and then stick you with an unrelated boring menial task they could pay a smart chimpanzee 6 bucks an hour to complete.