I've been feeling a little worried about the program lately since it seemed like no one in the lab really knows what to do with us. On the two occasions that we've been shown equipment for a demo process, the equipment has broken down. Our coordinator's time is limited, and while he clearly wants to do what's best for us, I'm not sure he knows what that is.
Today though at the end we spent some time with him, and we finally got a clear mission: learn how to functionalize gold nanobeads. This is going to be a lot of research, pouring through journal articles and the internet in general, but this is what I signed up for, and I hope that maybe I can make a small contribution to the lab through it.