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Sophomore in Undergraduate Research

  1. Sep 5, 2012 #1
    I just finished my first 2 years of college and completed all the lower division classes.

    I spent 2 quarters part-time researching and a summer full time researching for my professor (who is a theorist) in solid state physics. The work I done was mostly calculation through programming and I spent plenty time in reading papers.

    The thing is my professor thinks during the upcoming school year I should not be spending too much time researching because I need to build a very good foundation for theoretical research.

    I admit that I was not very helpful on the math part, I know very little about quantum mechanics and advance E&M. I am grateful that he even allowed me to research for him in the first place and he taught me a lot about superconductivity.

    So far I only know things qualitatively, I am missing the heavy-duty math behind the theories.

    I don't know how should I take his suggestion. It's kind of disappointing but on the other side it might be a positive thing to me.

    I would like to see what do you all think? Should I seek a research position in experimental work instead of theoretical work as an undergrad? Or should I just stop researching for a while and do more school work?

    Thank you very much.
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