I'm an undergraduate engineering student at a top state university. I want to do high-quality research to build up my experience in preparation for graduate school (MS/Ph.D.). My research is out of pure interest, not volunteering or doing it for credit hours.
My goal is to go to a top 5 graduate school in my field. I have some experience in research since I worked on a research project last summer. I published a paper as a second author on that to a conference and it was accepted.
I found two research projects currently and they're equally as good but I'm having trouble deciding which one would help me the most due to my lack of experience. It would be super helpful if those of you who have been through this process can provide some advice.
Professor went to a top 5 graduate engineering school.
He is currently in my engineering school but not in the same department as I am.
Open-ended project. The project hasn't been worked on much in recent years so I have full choice over the direction of the project.
Collaborate with one graduate researcher on this project.
Prof. said I have a chance to publish papers since it's open-ended and I end up discovering something novel.
The project is directly related to my field and future research I want to pursue.
Professor: h-index: 23, Citations: 2123
The project is an application of my field, but the work is still related to future research I want to pursue.
The professor is in the College of Science which is a difference since I'm in engineering and he does not have specific knowledge about my field.
I'm assuming this means not many connections in my field.
The project is interesting, a novel application of the research in my field.
Work with 7 other undergraduate researchers from different majors, and two graduate researchers.
It recently received a huge check from NSF.
Professor: h-index: 21, Citations: 1299