Tomorrow I meet with several researchers who have seen my CV and are open to me doing research with them. I pubmed’ed some names and found out they’ve done incredible research that I actually know about. And after 3 months of not knowing anything, that tells me that they’ve got to be pretty well-known in their field.
My gut instinct is that this is awesome and I really hope it goes well – although to be fair (or maybe just cynical), I’m offering to provide them with free labor – so it’s probably going to go well even if they hate my educational background, my reasons for wanting to do research, and my sweater.
Downside: I’m scheduled to talk to each researcher for about an hour. That leaves a pretty sizeable gap in my “knowledge”:”time to speak” ratio. Here’s hoping the conversation sticks closer to “when are you available” than “what are your thoughts on these repurposed methodologies?”