I am set on going to graduate school in computational science, specifically computational molecular biology and biochemistry. I am from a CS/Math background however and intend on applying to computational science + engineering programs but with research focused on biological applications (for example, someone like the famous Vijay Pande would be an advisor I would love to work with). So my question is: Is it bad to do research with as many as three or four different professors at once?
I took 8-9 courses (double the normal amount) in each of my first three semesters, to get them out of the way, and also started doing research with one professor in my third semester. This semester (4th), and for all future semesters, I will be taking only 3-4 classes each one, mostly graduate-level courses (taking 4 right now probably 3 in all later ones). Because I have experience taking 2-3x the workload (a lot of grad classes are actually less work), I spend only a couple hours a week on my courses because I've learnt to be extremely efficient. Thus, the majority of my time is spent on research (I sleep about 7 hours a day, so I'm spending around 9 hours a day on research right now with ~3 hours in class, 1 hour eating, and 4 hours free time, on week days, and even more free time on weekends). I am currently doing research with two different professors, which is not uncommon at my university. One is in computational biophysics and one is in computational linear algebra. There is also a very interesting professor in statistical genomics that I'd like to get involved with next semester, as well as a professor in mathematics who I'd like to do research with. I view my free time as pretty useless to be honest, I'd rather be doing research, but with the 9 hours a day I already spend I'm finishing as much as there is to do until the next day I meet with my advisors and figure out the next steps. So is it bad if I get myself involved in even more research projects? My work with the two current professors will result in publications soon, and the work with the two other professors I'm interested in working with would likely result in publication considering the fact that most other students who work with those professors do end up publishing a paper. All are relevant to my area (because of its inherently interdisciplinary nature) but would grad schools look at me and see someone who is crazy and not committed, even if I do achieve enough depth in all of the four fields to publish a quality paper? I am also doing research in the summer with the same professors and next summer also. I really love to do research and I don't want to let any of these opportunities go but at the same time graduate school is my ultimate goal so if it means I should only keep doing research with two professors then I will do that. Because I don't want the schools to think they will accept me and then I won't commit to my advisor and I will go gallivanting off somewhere else. I am not flighty like that but I can see why doing so many projects might imply that.