Does it really matter in what topic you do your first research ?

<p>I am going to be a soph at UCSB for chem e this year (fall 2010). If I do research (under a prof or grad student) does it really matter what field i start out in ? I might do something related to chemistry first year since I haven't taken any chem e classes yet. But I want to go to bio e/nanotech for graduate school. Will grad schools frown upon this ?</p>

<p>Of course you want to do research on something you're interested in - but it doesn't have to be exactly what you want to do in grad school - esp. if this is your first research experience.</p>

any more opinions ?</p>

<p>I doubt it matters much. Do something you like and you'll be fine.</p>