[private] Hi Kelsey—sorry for putting this on you, but if & only if you have a free moment, I was wondering how you felt about this. A chem prof at my uni has a vague reputation for being a 'creep', but others speak of him highly & he is only prof in the department whose research matches my interests for grad school. Should I apply to work in his lab or stay away?
yeah defs stay far away from that
trust me, every creepy professor has people who speak highly of him (also, be wary of men who speak highly of him and have never heard any of the rumors because of course they haven’t heard anything about it, why would they?), and you should trust the vague rumors and whispers. Those don’t come from nowhere.
As for research interests, try looking outside of your department for people with similar research interests (especially in chem it’s usually not to hard to find people doing similar things in different departments) and if you absolutely can’t find anyone, consider trying something else out. For grad school usually it just matters that you have research experience, and you never know, you might end up finding out that you like something else more than you thought you would.