Gradblr Challenge: Day 17
Today’s been a class-filled day. My paper presentation is tomorrow, and I’ve spent my free time today getting ready for it.
The end of my third and last rotation is coming up and I’m torn between two options. One is my current lab: the PI is young, enthusiastic, and supportive; the lab is new and small. The other is my first lab: the PI is much older, very well-established in the field, but also very busy; the labs are larger. I enjoy working with the people from both labs, so fitting into the lab culture really isn’t a problem.
I want to pick the new lab because I feel like I do better when I have a good relationship with my PI, and I feel like I will get a lot of mentoring from him, based on my time in the lab. But my previous mentor has said to seriously the older PI because his being more well-established means he’ll have more connections for me to hit up for post-grad opportunities. This is a bonus, but I have a sense I will regret it if I pick the older lab. Ugh, I emailed my previous advisor hoping he would reaffirm my decision, but he just made it more complicated.
How did you other science gradblrs end up in your thesis lab? Am I missing out on substantial amounts of opportunities if I decide to go with a new, un-tenured PI?