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Do I even have a chance to get into any lab? need some opinion

chainiwatmjchainiwatmj Registered User Posts: 446 Member
So for my major, I have to take BIBC103, BIMM101, and CHEM143A; however I cannot get into any of them because I'm only a sophomore and my enrollment time sucks. I've already completed the prereq. for all of them though.

Should I even try being on the waitlist? My next enrollment time is the morning of the 25th. I really want to take just one of the labs above because of many reasons. It's very hard for me to get internship and lab volunteer positions because I've never had any lab experience before (I skipped CHEM7L) so I got rejected a lot of times after trying to apply into those internships. I'm also trying to graduate in 3 years (if possible).

I heard they generally add another ochem lab section towards the end. Is it true?
what about other bio labs, are they gonna add other sections?
Right now there are some spots open for BIBC103 but I cannot take it because it conflicts with my other classes.

Will I even have a better chance getting into those labs in spring? I highly doubt so.
What's your opinion regarding taking labs over summer?
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Replies to: Do I even have a chance to get into any lab? need some opinion

  • archaicarchaic Registered User Posts: 376 Member
    You'll probably have a better enrollment time in spring because you'll have more units by then. Also, your spring schedule will be different, so you'll likely have room or be able to make room for a lab. Not sure about whether they'll add more sections later on or about taking lab in summer though.

    Regarding getting lab volunteer positions, maybe you're aiming too high? I mean that if you don't have any lab experience AT ALL, you can't expect to immediately start doing actual research in the lab or even using their equipment to perform tests, though I guess that depends on the lab and your PI. A lot of people start at the very bottom (washing dishes and all that fun stuff... things that anyone can do, without prior lab experience and with minimal instruction needed. Researchers are busy people) and if they do well with their jobs - which may be boring but are still important for the lab to keep functioning - and show interest in whatever the lab is doing, then they can gradually start doing more complex things and maybe eventually even get to work on their own research.

    By the way, you said you skipped CHEM7L; is that because you got credit for an AP Chemistry course in high school? If so, that counts as lab experience, right...?
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