Gaining Research Experience
If you are seeking a medical education with a strong research component, proving that you are able and interested in research will be critical to your success. There are hundreds of opportunities across the US, but at the same time, competition for a research spot, particularly a paid one is intense. Being proactive here is vital. Don’t leave it until the last minute.
Tips for Finding Research Opportunities
Your academic advisor should be able to help you to identify courses that have strong research components within them. These research components might naturally lead into a more fully developed research opportunity. Even if you are not able to take additional courses, the easiest place to start looking for opportunities is within your own college or university by talking with academics.
Creating your own research opportunity as outlined above could mean that it is unpaid. So look for help through your college or university, local benevolent funds, grants, sponsorship or charitable donations to help support you.
Journal your research experiences
We recommend that you journal your research experiences so that you can easily recall the highlights for your AMCAS application. Also remember that your fellow researchers and professors could hold the key to your future success. Show up with your highest degree of professionalism to create a great impression and ensure that you are able to gain a strong letter of recommendation on completion of your research.
Virginia Tech Opportunities
Virginia Tech has a range of opportunities to pursue and a good place to start looking is the office of undergraduate research.
Two programs to highlight are Virginia Tech's MAOP and FBRI's NeuroSURF.
Other Published Research Opportunities
Check Association of American Medical Colleges, for research opportunities and especially the summer health professions education program.