How "nice" is your lab? Does nice equipment and work space really matter? I go to a small school and I'm just curious as to how well equipped or nice everyone elses (academic) labs are, especially those of you that go to big top 10 schools. The labs at my school for the most part are relatively "old fashioned" and are usually established where ever there is room. For example, many have a lot of equipment from the 1970's and contain a lot of old projects from students who graduated and left many many years ago. Space is rather limited and of course, absolutely no windows. The only labs that have lots of space and that are well equipped are those that are well funded and backed by industrial contributions. Cluttered and outdated labs tend to drive me a little insane. I am used to working with new and advanced equipment in labs that are spacious, well maintained, and are specifically built for the research and development that is being conducted. I guess working in industrial labs has kind of spoiled me but the whole "equipment tossed in a closet" kind of lab really gets under my skin.