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Is it a good or bad idea to do research during the semester?

  1. Dec 9, 2015 #1
    Taking a break from studying for finals, so I thought I'd ask something I've been wondering.

    I'm going to start my second semester of second year in January and I was hoping to get some research experience. I'm applying to REUs for the summer but until then I wanted to do research (or be a lab assistant, since I don't really know anything being in second year). I'll be in 17 credit hours next term and I can drop a maximum of 3 credits and stay in my program. Would it be worth it to drop 1 class and do a little bit of lab work next term or better to focus on my classes?

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  3. Dec 9, 2015 #2
    I say this as an undergrad, but yes, you absolutely should. Doing research looks much better on a grad school application than taking any one class.

    Maybe someone who actually knows things can back me up here.
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