typical number of research hours?

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I was just wondering what is a good range in numbers of hours of undergrad research to be doing? I have the opportunity to do 400 hours this summer and was wondering how that stacks up. Thanks!
 

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I was just wondering what is a good range in numbers of hours of undergrad research to be doing? I have the opportunity to do 400 hours this summer and was wondering how that stacks up. Thanks!
Pardon me for being blunt: Who cares? Take the opportunity if it interests you. If it doesn't interest you, then do something else.
 

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I was just wondering what is a good range in numbers of hours of undergrad research to be doing? I have the opportunity to do 400 hours this summer and was wondering how that stacks up. Thanks!

It's all about quality, not quantity. Shoot to do any/all of the following:

1) Get your name published on the lab's publication/abstract
2) Do a poster presentation and present it at some sort of conference
3) Create and follow-through with your own research project. Publish if at all possible.

At your interviews, no one will ask about hours. They'll want details of the research itself, and details about your involvement.
 

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Hours mean absolutely nothing at all. What you get out of it is all that counts. Can you talk about what you learned in the process, both the science and also about your insights into the process, how it helped you personally, etc? That is what really counts. As dropkick said if you think you will get something out of it than do it but worry about how many hours is a waste of time.
 

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I was just wondering what is a good range in numbers of hours of undergrad research to be doing? I have the opportunity to do 400 hours this summer and was wondering how that stacks up. Thanks!

Sounds good to me. As long as they are 400 hours of meaningful work and you can talk at length about it, you should be good.

There is no magical number of hours. Do what inspires you. I think what's valued are what you get out of your experience, i.e., the quality of your experience and proactivity, and your demonstration of commitment.
 

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Don't focus on the hours, focus on doing good quality research. Hours really only relates to volunteering and such. With research it means very little.
 
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