Summer is graduate school Wonderland. The halls are quiet, and classes both as a teacher and a student have vanished. For a few precious months we have few to no obligations other than research. It is the time to buckle down and make a mad dash for data. If your project involves field research, these truly are your glory days! You can run through the forest, ford the streams, dive the oceans, collect ALL the samples!! Most graduate students I know look forward to the magic that is summer.
|Pretty much exactly how I look|
Disney's Emperor's New Groove
|And this is how I look planning experiments|
Disney's Meet the Robinsons
While not as glamorous as doing wet lab work, experimental design is a critical part of research. Every variable must be accounted for so that you are only manipulating what will answer you question. You need to not only know how you are going to collect data but also how you are planning on analyzing the results. A great deal of thought goes into experimental design.. something I need to work on more frequently.
What are your summer plans?