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How to get opportunities for research ?

I’m a pre med student and I want to gain some research experience #medical #medicine #research #healthcare #doctor #medical-school


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Jessica’s Answer

I did research as an undergrad by going to my department's website and clicking on their FACULTY RESEARCH tab. I looked at what different professors were doing with their research and emailed those whose research was the most interesting to me to inquire about their ability to take in an undergrad student. Just be mindful that sometimes the department websites may not be updated (so some faculty may not be there anymore and likewise, newer faculty may not appear). It helps to start by emailing your advisor and any science professors whose classes you have taken before. They will likely be able to direct you to specific professors who may be looking for students to do research.

Externally from your university, some research hospitals have labs that may be looking for summer interns. In a similar fashion, you can look at the PIs of labs at hospitals and email those whose research is most interesting to you. I will say that with the current COVID19 situation, professors and hospitals may not be able to have an answer for you at this time, but it doesn't hurt to try!

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Jessica’s Answer

I did research as an undergrad by going to my department's website and clicking on their FACULTY RESEARCH tab. I looked at what different professors were doing with their research and emailed those whose research was the most interesting to me to inquire about their ability to take in an undergrad student. Just be mindful that sometimes the department websites may not be updated (so some faculty may not be there anymore and likewise, newer faculty may not appear). It helps to start by emailing your advisor and any science professors whose classes you have taken before. They will likely be able to direct you to specific professors who may be looking for students to do research.

Externally from your university, some research hospitals have labs that may be looking for summer interns. In a similar fashion, you can look at the PIs of labs at hospitals and email those whose research is most interesting to you. I will say that with the current COVID19 situation, professors and hospitals may not be able to have an answer for you at this time, but it doesn't hurt to try!

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Estelle’s Answer

I would approach your advisor or a professor in natural sciences to see if they have any opportunities or would know of someone else who does. If there is a medical school in your area, I would recommend approaching the chairman of the department in the field which you have interest. Good luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

I would contact your biology or chemistry professors to ask if you could participate in a project. Also, the TA's are often PhD students who may be able to direct you to an interesting opportunity.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Khushi! A way to ask about research would be to ask your professors directly who you know are in research or may have opportunities for you. You can state you are interested and I believe that professors usually like help from undergraduate students as they have much to juggle and can take some stress off of their research tasks by recruiting undergrads. One of my professors I took for chemistry was conducting research and sent an email for me to be part of his undergrad research team.

Best of luck!

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Richard’s Answer

Some universities have a website for research opportunities. My son had to express interest in over a dozen before he finally got a match. Also look at summer programs online. Some even pay the undergraduate students.

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