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    Why do you want to do it during term time? That's silly, IMO. Do it over the summer like everyone else?

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    Hi all. I wonder if it is possible for a 2nd year to find time for lab based research during term times? In my school, we typically have class from 9-3/4/5 and we always have wednesday afternoons off. if i am able to dedicate ~12-15 hours a week (+Saturdays), is there any chance that the lecturers/ researchers will let me assist on their projects?
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    You could email someone and ask them if you could hang around their lab for a few hours and learn some of the things they do. We were given one day "taster days" with a scientist who showed us around his lab and explained his research to us. I can't see how you would have the time to fit in lab-based research during term times though.

    I'm sure you can do SSCs with someone who works in a lab, and maybe get some experience that way? Our SSCs tend to be eight weeks long, which would be enough time to work with someone and get involved with research.
    The main way is just to work in a lab over summer though.
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    (Original post by tolltoll)
    Hi all. I wonder if it is possible for a 2nd year to find time for lab based research during term times? In my school, we typically have class from 9-3/4/5 and we always have wednesday afternoons off. if i am able to dedicate ~12-15 hours a week (+Saturdays), is there any chance that the lecturers/ researchers will let me assist on their projects?
    In short no - bio experiments tend to take a whole day to do by the time you've done all the centrifugation/buffer/electrophoresis/prep steps etc etc. Also most lab people (except PhDs) don't work on Saturdays. Summer is a better plan - or you could do it during the year if you want to do some clinical data collection, but lab work would be almost impossible in the way you describe.
 
 
 
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