Freshman year, I knew that I wanted to get involved with research but had so many interests that I thought I could just pick any lab and be happy. I started working in a neurobiology research lab in January of this year and continued through the summer until now. I'm planning on continuing in the same lab until the end of this academic year (at least), but I'm having trouble deciding if it's the right fit for me. The work I'm doing is very theoretical and involves creating mathematical models of ion channels in neurons. I've always been very interested in neurobiology and math so I thought that I would love the research, and I wanted to join a lab that looked at biological questions from a quantitative perspective. It turns out, although I find the topic and questions interesting, I just don't enjoy the nature of the research very much. I essentially go into the lab and play around with mathematical models on the computer. I don't enjoy the process of actually DOING the particular research. I feel like I might enjoy it a bit more if I had a better grasp on programming, but even the topic of neuroscience isn't as appealing as it once was. I've been considering changing to a different lab with a completely different focus. I would like to find research that is not only interesting but that I also actually enjoy doing. I've been thinking of trying out either optics or geophysics. I've been interested in lasers since high school and enjoyed reading about how them and even bought a couple of my own burning lasers (I'm kind of a pyro ) and I think messing around with the instrumentation would be interesting in itself. Geophysics is appealing mainly because I enjoy being outdoors and I've heard that there can be a field component to the research, but I also find the earth sciences interesting and again math/physics. My question is, how do you know when it's time to try a new lab/field and how do you know when you've found the "right" lab? Is it the interest in the questions being asked, the actual nature of the work, or both that really matter? A friend told me it was like magic and she just knew that she'd found the right fit. I know research takes a lot of patience but I really feel as though I should move on and try something else. Would anyone care to share their experiences?