At some point, many graduate students consider changing labs, whether out of frustration or failure or some other issue, says Benchfly's Alan Marnett. Though many students wonder if they are the only ones taking this "nuclear option," and may be struggling with the potential consequences, Marnett says it's important to remember that changing labs isn't that uncommon. "For each student we saw that made the switch there were probably many more we didn't see that were considering it," he adds. In an ongoing Benchfly poll, 55 percent of respondents currently say that they had considered changing labs because of a conflict with a PI, 24 percent say it was because of a poor atmosphere around the lab, and 15 percent say it was because they were stuck on a "dead-end project." Every situation is different, Marnett says, but there are many reasons to leave a lab, and you're not the only one thinking about it.
Mar 29, 2011