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Research Questions and Engineering Grad School

iambored10iambored10 Posts: 1,573Registered User Senior Member
So, I'm doing research in a lab currently but I'm getting really bored. I dont have my own project but I'm working together with a graduate student on a project that is really interesting to me. The problem is, i'm not doing much. My graduate student tells me to stuff that I find really boring- label this, mill this, and extrude this. Sometimes I come into lab and there isn't much to do. I feel like I'm wasting my time but I know I need research for grad school and that is my only motivation to go to lab everyday (I've only been in this lab for the past three weeks , by the way). Should I continue researching or approach someone about my situation?
Also, I'm trying to apply to Chemical Engineering graduate school (Masters, not interested in Ph.D), and I'm wondering what graduate schools I have a shot at. I currently will have a 3.45-3.5 GPA by the end of this semester graduating from a top 10 program. I will have a year of research under my belt by the end of next fall. My GRE have been approximately 770Q 500V. Also I've had two internships
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