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How much is too much?

  1. May 11, 2006 #1
    I'm going into my second year of my master's program, and I'd like to know if I should pursue another research project (in addition).
    Consider:

    1) I'll have to take the graduate Quantum sequence (from Shankar)
    2) Fall quarter I will have to take the gre (both subject and general) as I'm planning on pursuing a doctoral
    3) I'll have teaching duties next year (advertised as 20 hours/week)
    4) I'll also have to write my master's thesis (biocomputational modeling)

    I'd like to apply for an internship at the base (Wright-Patterson) doing research in quantum dots. This would require an extra 12-15 hours of work a week, but the pay is about $20/hour.

    The QD is more in line with what I want to do. However, I enjoy working with my thesis advisor and there is almost no literature published on what I'm doing (sensitivity analysis of discrete stochastic systems) - so there is room to publish.

    I figure that having research in an area relevant to what I want to do would be beneficial on my applications. Of course, I could say I want to do the biocomputational side and then switch it up once I'm in somewhere.

    The deciding factor, however, is time. On paper it looks like at least a 60 - 70 hour commitment if I try to get the internship. Too much, perhaps?

    any advise and insight would be greatly appreciated.
     
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