I am a BSc student in Physics. The project work for us is divided into three phases: a 2-week summer project, and two project work through the year. All end with a report written by me, the latter of which is the thesis. Students can choose their project for each part, but they are encouraged not to do so, as they’d have a year of work for the thesis.
The summer project I chose is one that seems to be really beneficial for my career and experience. (many of the labour members work at a company I’d like to work as well.) I should soon choose a project to work on.
I always wanted, and want, to work on hands-on experiments, rather than (or more likely, in addition to) calculating/programming/simulating. However, the laboratory’s core instrument lost its core component because of a malfunction at the beginning of July and hasn’t worked since.
This prevented all the planned experiments in my summer project (among all experimental work of the laboratory, so you can imagine how hard they are all working on this…), and I had to do simulation work instead. While I have no problem with this kind of work, I prefer practical experimentation and was disappointed.
All they can now say is they “really hope” it will start to work in a month. I, however, don’t want another half year of simulations. I am thinking about joining another research group for a semester now, and after that, if they have the laser up and running, come back to them. I know some project I would go, but neither of them as suitable in the long term as this.
This way though I’d have only half a year of work for my thesis, and I can’t get unlimited laser time to catch up. Also, I don’t know how the professors would think about this. (Would this hurt my relationships with them?…) I asked my supervisor, and from their answer I found that though they don’t want to “chain” me to themselves because of the situation, they are concerned. All in all, I should decide on my own.
What do you think about this? Should I change project for half a year?