My summer research project started today! And while it won’t exactly forge any new horizons in the exciting field of summer research, I’m comforted to know that – since it’s already August – it IS forging new horizons in the field of summer research.
… I’m not even kidding, guys For all the useful data I’m going to gather with my “n= tragically small” project, I suspect I may as well just re-title it “Redefining “Summer”: The Implications of the Lengthy IRB Approval Process on The Traditional M1 Summer Research Project“.
(Or, alternately, “Biokinetics of Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate in Sea Scallops“, because that title may actually improve the chances that someone will eventually read it.)
My mentor told me that “it’s not about the results – rather, it’s about how this project will help set the tone” for my future research.
I think I started out hoping that tone would be something stellar, like a John Williams orchestral theme. You know, something with a lot of brass, no subtlety whatsoever, and some kind of discernible melody.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be ‘Yackety Sax’.
But, okay, fine – I can’t get too upset. The important things are that I tried, I got funding, I’m putting something together, and I’m learning! … And also, that my CV will look exactly the same no matter how much this project sucks.
So… yep: cynicism.
Mostly the cynicism.