Questions related to finding and working with a mentor, finding an idea, etc.
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Dear Science Buddies,
I have started working in a lab and the professor says that I can do my own research project if i want to, or she could give me some ideas on areas to research.
The professor knows that I have done science fair in the past (and done well), but I do not think she knows that I want to do science fair this year too. How should I tell her about wanting to present my research in science fair?
Also, I will most likely be conducting the experiments during the school year. The professor said it would be best if I could come before 3 PM, but my school ends at 3:30 PM. Is it worth taking F period and G period prep in order to go to lab? Most of the people at the lab actually leave at 5:30 PM, but they normally finish lab work at around 3 and spend the last two hours reading paper.
Please help me out!
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Thank you for your questions and interest in science.
The short answer is YES. Definitely talk to your professor about presenting your research. From what you've already told us, it sounds like she would be a very valuable resource for you. She should be able to help scope the project so it meets fair guidelines without being overly complex.
About your schedule, I don't know what F and G periods are or what sort of time you have available. I suggest you discuss this with your professor to work out what the best mix of schedule vs workload is to complete the project satisfactorily within the allotted time. Keep in mind to leave time available to do your "other" stuff...I'm sure you have other classes and/or activities you'll have to support. It doesn't do to over-extend yourself and risk failure in one or more of your endeavors.
I hope this helps.
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