Warning: Long post ahead. Background: I am currently in the cycle. I have acceptances. My problem is that I worked for over a year trying to put a meta-analysis together (which I have never done before), put it on my AMCAS/AACOMAS because it was well in progress, but then was low-key dumped/ghosted by my research mentor. In fall 2017 I applied for an undergraduate research position at my university (where I was completing prerequisites) working in cardio-oncology research. I was interviewed and selected by the PhD in charge of the project. She gave me a general subject to research and write about (that I would have to further narrow down for the paper). When pressed, she wouldn't give me any deadlines except to say that I can finish it when I want to, but not to take too long so that others wouldn't publish before me. She said she would help me with statistical analysis. No advice as to how to determine the quality or relevance of papers and trials I would find, only that I would need at least 10 of them. No advice on narrowing my subject down. Yes, I did ask several times! Knowing next to nothing about cardio-oncology, I launched into finding studies and papers for the project. I met with her occasionally and communicated via email with her. I wrote a small paper (7-8 pages) that summarized what I had learned thus far to show that I understand the underlying basic science principles and emailed it to her. She did not email me back. I emailed her again, and she said we should meet again. At the meeting, she said that she wanted me to help with clinical research at a local academic medicine/research hospital that was beginning in summer 2018. I demonstrated enthusiasm, and went home. I had already found a bunch of papers for the meta-analysis, but she wanted me to do something different now. When the time came, I emailed her about the clinical research. She emailed back that it was a failure to launch and that I should write a meta-analysis...and then she changed the subject of my paper! Everything I had found previously was useless. I found more papers and trials on this new subject, and have emailed her several times. No reply. I went to her lab without an appointment and left an in-person message with her graduate research assistants. Still haven't heard back. She was a lovely person, and very encouraging. However, I never felt comfortable with the fact that she couldn't help me narrow down my subject, and wouldn't give me a deadline. I feel that although I may have made some mistakes and was a bit of a failure-to-launch myself, she perhaps had too much on her plate and couldn't give me the support I needed to finish a project that required intimate knowledge in a very complicated area of medicine. I honestly don't know where to start with this deluge of information on preventing cardiac events after receiving oncological therapies. I am not complaining so much as asking whether I should make another stab at contacting her, or whether I should jump ship and search for another opportunity. Do I need another opportunity? I have finished all my classes and am no longer on campus. My advisor told me that research projects don't work out sometimes. At interviews (when asked!) I have felt compelled to at least describe everything I have learned while researching the project. I haven't stated that the project is a failure, partly out of shame and partly because I still had feeble hope that it would work out. I just feel terrible that I put the meta-analysis on my med school applications, and then nothing came of it! Should I update medical schools that the project has been stopped? Sorry about the long post. Brevity is not my strong suit. TL;DR: DOA research project that I put on my AMCAS and AACOMAS. Please advise.