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    Hi. I have been doing undergrad research in biochem for about 5 months now. However, the summer is approaching and I am thinking about switching to a different lab. I want to do this because 1. my PI did not get the undergraduate grant, and I would have to essentially work there for free 2. The project is not very exciting and the atmosphere, not intellectually stimulating. Should I switch labs to something i am more interested in?.. how will the switch reflect on my grad app...(ie do they want to see commitment to lab?). I should also mention that i only have 2 more semesters until graduation. Thanks.


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    Hi Dkav,

    Nobody can tell you definitively - nor should they - what you should do. This is a decision that you make ultimately for yourself and take responsibility for - since you will be the one living with the consequences. Questions that might help in reaching a decision:

    1. Do you enjoy working in your current Lab and on your current Project sufficiently to work there for free?
    2. Is there any guarantee that, if you were to switch Labs, the next position would be funded?
    3. Is there anything you can do to improve the work atmosphere in your current Lab or to make it more intellectually stimulating e.g. arrange a work social or establish an informal seminar series for sharing scientific ideas?

    Remember also that nothing in life is certain. If you switch Labs, you may end up in a vastly improved situation, or you may end up in a situation that is equal to or worse than your current situation.

    Hope it goes well for you, let us know how you get on.

    Best wishes,

    Tridimity


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    Quote Originally Posted by tridimity View Post
    Hi Dkav,Nobody can tell you definitively - nor should they - what you should do. This is a decision that you make ultimately for yourself and take responsibility for - since you will be the one living with the consequences. Questions that might help in reaching a decision:1. Do you enjoy working in your current Lab and on your current Project sufficiently to work there for free2. Is there any guarantee that, if you were to switch Labs, the next position would be funded?3. Is there anything you can do to improve the work atmosphere in your current Lab or to make it more intellectually stimulating e.g. arrange a work social or establish an informal seminar series for sharing scientific ideas?Remember also that nothing in life is certain. If you switch Labs, you may end up in a vastly improved situation, or you may end up in a situation that is equal to or worse than your current situation.Hope it goes well for you, let us know how you get on.Best wishes,Tridimity
    You are right nothing is certain. I will stay here and try to improve the situation, besides I spent a whole semester just learning how to do things and now I can work on my own project!
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    Switching labs, might give you a bad rep. Your boss has spend money on bringing you up to speed, for you to do your project. If you quit to soon, he'll feel robbed, and he won't give you a good reference. So byebye to your next job. Only switch when you get a big offer. Tell your current boss about the offer, and ask him what he thinks you should do. If you have been working there for a few years, you can look around for a job. When working there a few years, your current boss won't feel as much robbed, so it'll be fine.

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    Life is a game my German friend
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    I'm not german, though i knew you were because of the way you formulate things in english. But it's close to german, dutch, as we speak german pretty well over here.
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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