Alright, so I have a question that's really been bothering me. Suppose you're an undergrad, and you've done research for a year or two. And you've been fairly successful under two groups so you know what research is like. Then what is the point of being pushed ("encouraged") to do MORE research before graduate school? Especially since undergrads can't do much compared to grad students from what I've seen - not enough time &/ knowledge. Isn't the end of undergrad and the first year or two of grad school the last chance to actually learn the fundamentals inside and out? Then after that you're sort of stuck in whatever field you choose to specialize in? The only point I see is to boost your resume, at the expense of other things you could be learning. EDIT: By the way, no matter what I'm going to be continuing research until I graduate - I can't leave it now without it looking really bad on my grad school app. We're at the verifying work / almost ready to publish stage. I just can't get this question out of my head - the "why the hell am I doing this anyway?" question.