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exactly what is "research" experience?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by efjayen, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. efjayen

    efjayen Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2001
    sorry for this lame question but what do you all consider as research experience? What is a typical first-time lab job (like might it just consist of DNA digests, sequencing, maintaining cultures, and of course, keeping glassware clean)?

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  3. kutastha

    kutastha 2K Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2001
    I've had a lot of first-timers in my lab and they do much more than clean glassware. Digests, PCR are usually for starters, but soon they're doing Southerns, sequencing, SSCP and such. After a few months, even a little tissue culture comes in. It all depends on the student of course. Lab experience to me would be even just a fraction of this stuff. As long as you know what the project is and have a general understanding of what you're doing (and be able to verbalize it) I'd say you're doing fine. Washing flasks is not research experience.

  4. tidy_kiwi

    tidy_kiwi Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2001
    Auckland, NZ
    Research experience consists of learning at least 15 different ways of explaining why your experiments haven't worked without sounding like you stuffed them up. :D
  5. brandonite

    brandonite Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2001
    Manitoba, Canada
  6. megkudos

    megkudos Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Jersey
    People here get to do a lot and its a large research university. Just my two cents :) Take the time to find a lab that does work that you like though and that you won't be bored in.....
  7. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92' 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2001
    I did clinical research. So basically I was in an academic clinical setting working with patients and patient charts. I liked that better than working in a lab. I guess I'm just not cut out for working in a lab. I'd rather work with people. So if you feel the same way, clinical research is an option you might consider. Reasearch is research, and clinical is not looked upon any less than "lab" research.

    Hope this opens some pathways
  8. b-real

    b-real What, me worry? 10+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2001
    at a place called vertigo
    altaskier, how exactly did you become involved in clinical research? How did you hear about it and what steps did you take to get such a position?
  9. mongoose

    mongoose Banned Banned

    Dec 1, 2000
    Lexington, KY
    I just got everything finalized for my Chemistry research course. At my school, a research course (3 hours) is available to senior Chemistry majors. It sounds so exciting and I just can't wait to get started. The research team I am joining is working on drug design for cancer treatment. It sounds so sci-fi. I can't wait til I see someone I haven't seen in a while and they ask what I have been doing. I will be able to honestly say, "Oh, just workin' on curing cancer." And it won't even be a lie. That's pretty funny.

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