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A lack of experience, knowledge and practical intuition — the ‘research mindset’ — is just one reason some scientists give for why they don’t want undergraduate students working in their laboratories. Almost by definition, universities are equipped with a deep pool of young, intelligent individuals keen to gain skills and demonstrate their worth. Despite this, there is a stereotype in academic circles that having undergraduate students in the lab is simply too time consuming for the principal investigator to make it worthwhile.
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