Should I stay or leave my PhD?

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26-Sep-15, 17:27
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posted about 5 years ago
I am stuck. I am a first year biophysics PhD student, but lately I have had a growing interest in the neuroscience field. My research now isn't connected to neuroscience though (biophysics of molecular motors in cells). Whenever I am not in the lab, I am also reading papers relating to neuroplasticity/neurotransmitter release. I'm almost wondering if I chose the wrong field, because I might like neuroscience a little more. On the one hand, my gut is telling me if I drop out I might burn bridges or might have trouble finding work. I have had so many things going for me (a great/supportive advisor and lab group and was recently awarded a fellowship). On the other, my gut is also telling me I am missing out on the opportunities in neuroscience. So not exactly sure what to do.
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26-Sep-15, 23:26
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posted about 5 years ago
Finish the PhD. The PhD is training on how to do research, the topic is largely irrelevant. You have a fellowship and a supportive environment, which is just as good as it gets.

Apply for a postdoc anywhere you wish. My undergraduate degree is so different from my postdoc that people just stare at me when I tell my story :) in the department I did the PhD you could find architects, psychologists, mechanical engineers, physicists, mathematicians, epidemiologists, medics, chemists, microbiologist, economists working on the SAME project :)

Good luck!

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