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#1 scgradstudent

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:43 PM

Hi,

I'm in a situation that no scientist really wants to be in. I'm currently a graduate student in a microbial ecology program, and I'm having trouble coming up with a new research topic. I've had projects in the past, but they failed me for various reasons. I'm currently trying to come up with a new research proposal, but for some reason I just can't formulate any good ideas/questions/hypotheses. I don't really know what to do and I need to have a plan ASAP. Has anyone experience this before? Do you have any helpful tips? Thank you

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 04:12 PM

Is there a certain subject you would like to stay within? i.e fungus, bacteria, etc.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:49 PM

Is there a certain subject you would like to stay within? i.e fungus, bacteria, etc.


bacteria...the lab I'm currently in most of our research is based out of the salt marsh. We (as a lab) has focused mostly on plant-bacteria interactions and bacteria in burrows.

#4 gebirgsziege

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:03 PM

Why don't you talk to your supervisor? He or she has a bigger picture of the goal of the research and should be able to assist you to get back on the track.
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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:01 AM

Perhaps you need to be inspired, have a look at lateral Pubmed, it would be a way nourish your creativity.
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#6 BIOmotion

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:51 PM

I know Fungus interacts with bacteria a lot. Look into some subjects with Fungus. (I'm currently researching on fungus with windshield wiper fluid for cars)

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:50 AM

bacteria:
Quorum sensing
Biofilm
Drug resistance


or you can try to find out how about the occurrence of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase NDM-1 in your backyard....
etc...
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:40 PM

How about the change of storm sewer microflora in response to a contaminant (e.g. antifreeze or sidewalk deicer)?

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