lewin Posted September 24, 2013 Share Posted September 24, 2013 (edited) Throwing out some food for thought. I had an interesting conversation with my supervisor this week where she was talking about how it's becoming more difficult to get her preferred type of research assistant. We run many, labour-intensive, in-lab studies. She wants people who can volunteer or work 8-10 hours a week. Lately, however, students don't want to commit to more than 4-5 hours/week because they're often volunteering for or working in 3 or 4 labs. Her attribution for this change is that students think they need more experience for grad school, which might be true, but that they're over-emphasizing "lines on their CV". According to her, what they don't realize is that detailed, enthusiastic reference letters are much more important than CV lines. To get those superior letters, RA's need to have personal contact with their referees so it's better to have one detailed letter than three short ones. Spreading oneself too thin produces thin letters. Any thoughts? I worked in a single lab for three years as an undergraduate, about 10-20/hours week, and got into a great PhD program. Here I sometimes see people saying, "I've worked in three different labs...." etc. and I wonder where they find the time! People who have worked in multiple labs: How many hours did you put in? How long were you there? Edited September 24, 2013 by lewin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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