How to politely describe a situation where you have no publication because both you and the advisor are inexperienced in a new research topic?
- The lab previously only did research on topic A (e.g. protein factors) and lacked the experimental conditions for conducting research on topic B (e.g. circular RNAs), which is a very hot topic recently. BTW, which word should be used? topic, subject, field or area?
- The student is the first and only one that conducted the project on the new topic.
- The student started from scratch and faced many difficulties. The advisor was willing to but sometimes powerless to help when the student got stuck.
- However, there is no publication after several years, since both the student and the advisor lack experience in the new research topic.
I do not know how to politely describe such situation from two distinct perspectives：
From my advisor’s perspective: I requested my advisor a letter of recommendation for PhD application. He suggested that I write a draft first.
From my perspective: I need to describe it in my personal statement.
However, I do not know how to politely describe such situation and meanwhile let the reviewer understand why I have no publication on this topic. Also, I am afraid my PS and the ROL draft would make him seem inexperienced in the new field or look like that I’m blaming him, which is rude and arrogant.