What do you find is the hardest part of any research in the STEM field?
I am very interested in researching marine science, but I have heard several different views of becoming a researcher. Some people say that it is slow and tedious, but others say that it is extremely gruesome and tiring. I would love some different perspectives on this! #researcher #marine-biology
During my undergrad, I worked under a doctor and helped her with her research for two years and I will say that the things you've heard are definitely true. It can be tedious, the hours can be long and it can sometimes feel very repetitive. That being said, if you feel very passionate about what you're doing, it makes a big difference. I loved the field I was working in, so while the days in the lab and entering data weren't always exciting, being able to stand back and see trends and start to analyze the work you've done is extremely rewarding. I would say the data entry is not the hardest part though. The difficult part is finding the work that truly speaks to you. For a long time you will be working on other people's projects and it may or may not be paid. This is not to discourage you. Research work is incredibly valuable and often underappreciated. It requires patience and diligence. If it is something that truly speaks to you, I encourage you to find a doctor in your college that is currently working on research and ask if they are willing to take on a student researcher. Sometimes this will count toward credits, so check with your adviser!