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What are STEM-related activities I can do outside of college classes that help me become a successful medical school applicant?

Asked Watertown, Connecticut

I will be attending Northeastern University next year, and I would particularly love to get advice or suggestions for opportunities that are located in the Boston area. I plan to co-op during my undergrad, but are there other important things I can accomplish as a premed student?
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Duy’s Answer

Updated Irving, Texas

First, congratulations on your acceptance. I'm sure you worked very hard!

To answer your question, freshman students often look for volunteer opportunities within research. You will have biology professors who conduct research in addition to teaching your class. Ask them if you can volunteer. After getting some research experience consider finding a contact at the Northeastern med school to see if a doctor there has research you can get involved in.

Finally, I'd like to suggest that you add other activities apart from research. While it is important, doing something that you are passionate about matters much more. My partner did no research during his undergrad but started a dance team and choreographed for 3 years. He's graduating this month and starting his psychiatric residency next month.

Best of luck!

Duy recommends the following next steps:

  • Seek out contact info for your biology professors
  • Email them and ask them to talk about their research
  • If research is interesting ask about volunteer opportunities
  • Remember to explore other interests/passions you may have

Mr. Ernst’s Answer

Updated Newark, New Jersey


There is not too much activities that STEM offers for a premed student. But at this level that you are in life you can always participate in becoming a volunteer mentor, compete in national competitions or create your own activity maybe dealing with biology, physics etc etc anything that you see your school is missing. I wish you the best on your journey.