Where are the best places for conducting scientific research?
I hope to enter the field (likely along the lines of genetic or cellular/molecular biology research) after college; however, I know that tons of others are hoping to do the same. I have also heard that scientific research is being less and less funded in the United States. With that reality looming over my head, I'm already worrying about if I'll get a position that I will enjoy and be able to survive financially with- and I'm only a freshman! Are there particular areas of the country where it's easier to make it as a researcher? Or are there other parts of the world I could set my sights on?
There are still so many options for researchers here - universities, hospitals, biotech, pharma, independent research entities. I'm not a researchers, I'm on the administrative side of securing funding and have not seen it decrease. Cambridge, MA is full of these opportunities, especially for those starting out. There are many fellowship opportunities too.
Some sites that I have heard of that offer the highest level of credibility are the following:
Google Scholar, CiteSeer, Directory of Open Access Journals, and Science & Technology of Advanced Materials. These sites are shown on a web page www.emergingtech.com and speak to how trusted the search engines are for scientific research.