So, next year I am going to be doing an Honours year. (For context: an Honours year is where you do a year of original research, but you still count as an undergraduate. It's like a Masters, but smaller and undergraduate.) And for my Honours year, I need to pick a supervisor and a project. I've talked to a few potential supervisors about potential projects, and scoped out whether I'd be able to work with them in close quarters for a year without driving each other batty. And I've got a shortlist of potential supervisors+projects! ...which is my problem. I've got a shortlist, but I'm having awful trouble narrowing it down to one choice. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or suggestions, either about which choice sounds best or how to make the choice (I am this close to just rolling a d3 and letting the dice decide my fate-- which seems unideal for a choice that will really affect the course of my 2020?) Here is a vague summary of my current shortlist (vague both to avoid being identifying, and also because going into the exact details may not be helpful for other people to understand the potential choices) The very very cool sounding project. ...okay, very very cool sounding to paleontologists (and a particular kind of paleontologist at that). But it's a "But how did certain kinds of life evolve, in detail," sort of project. Will involve a fair amount of wet lab work, and getting to use a mass spectrometer. Also let's me flex my mad "emailing other researchers" skills. I get along well with the person running this project, but he does seem to go to a fair amount of conferences, which may leave me without guidance at some points of the year. There is a plan for "What if everything goes wrong mid year, but I still need to turn in an Honours thesis?" The project on the under researched thing. It may not sound particularly cool, but it will make some climatologists very happy. Will involve using furnaces and dangerous chemicals, and probably IR spectroscopy (yay, IR! It is my favourite spectroscopy.) The project will, in effect, be my working out reaction kinetics, and may lead to a mid year "Why did I choose to study reaction kinetics?" Also, there is no "What if everything goes wrong?" plan now, but presumably one can be put in place. The project that proves I can do a job. It's not the most exciting sounding project-- but it is literally something that [relevant industry] likes to do, and likes to hire people to do for them. And it involves the microprobe, which is one of my favourite machines. There is a low risk of everything going wrong, and plans in place in case it happens. There is also a "What if everything is going right, you are very efficient, and you want to make your Honours thesis shinier?"