I spent two years doing research in undergrad and while I think my exposure gave me a good understanding of what basic science research entails and how to begin going about it, my project felt like a lot of floundering around with little tangible return. I start med school in the Fall and I'd really like to get in on some kind of research at some point. I'd really like to do either some clinical or epidemiological research. How do you go about finding a solid research project? I basically just fell into my undergraduate position. Do you just talk to department heads and ask for recommendations on researchers to approach? Ask professors? Is it kosher to state that you want a project that will lead to a publication? I just feel like a publication gives a tangible goal and reward for a project.