TakeruK wrote:1) If your lab is publishing good results then it doesn't matter that you are not a big lab. Also, if you are able to explain clearly what you did in the lab then it will certainly count as research experience. The point of undergrad research experience isn't just to create great science results, but also learn basic fundamental skills that will help you earn a PhD.
2) No, being mentioned in acknowledgements will not count for much. There is no metric for acknowledgements. However, your boss should write about your accomplishment and contributions in his letter of recommendation for you. This will do a lot more to tell the admissions committee about your abilities. In addition, you should discuss your contributions in your CV and SOP.
quizivex wrote:Hi Quantumlancer, good luck with your internship. Even if it's not as recognized as the NUF internships it certainly qualifies as a "real" research experience. Not many institutions have plasma physics research so it's great that you managed to find work at a place with a fusion experiment.
If you contribute significantly to the research, you should be an author! Why would your boss be reluctant to add you? Undergrads often get their names tacked onto papers by performing menial tasks . If you're doing more than that, then relegating you to the acknowledgement section would be unfair.
As far as recommendations, I wouldn't worry too much about your boss's degree status or his stance on the origins of the universe.
1) Committees will be evaluating the student, not the professor.
2) He'll be one recommendation out of 3.
3) Would they even know if he has a PhD or not? Scientists usually don't put "Dr." next to their own names in their correspondence. If they already know who he is, they may know he doesn't have a PhD. But in that case they'll know he's the leader of his own fusion research program. And IMO that's a higher distinction than just a PhD.
quizivex wrote:IMO = in my opinion
NUF = National Undergraduate Fellowship
The NUF was a summer internship that offered research opportunities in the plasma physics field at various DOE labs. But I'm not sure if the NUF program still exists. It might've been axed. There's another internship called SULI hosted at the Princeton plasma lab that still exits.
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