As a premed student in a 7 year combined program, we are encouraged to do research as undergrads. I am working in a lab for about 10 hrs/week, but I am doing microbiological research on archaea - this will never have any application to anything else in my life. After doing research for a quarter, I feel that I am wasting my time and that I dont have time to waste. If I continue with my project, I can right a thesis and graduate "with distinction in biology" if I defend it.
Since I am already in the 7 year program, is this a waste of time, or will it eventually pay off?