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How important is research experience for research-heavy schools?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by vikk, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. vikk

    vikk 2+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    Not applying this cycle but I was wondering, since I have no research experience while attending a research-heavy school (UC), if I have a shot at getting into schools like UCLA and UCSF. I'm not particularly interested in research but I would do it if it means I can't get into my 2 dream schools without it.

    So, does anyone know of anyone who was accepted to UCLA or UCSF dental schools without any research experience? Is research experience important for these 2 schools?
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  3. shyfox9p


    Jun 16, 2014
  4. B0wMNj

    B0wMNj 2+ Year Member

    May 19, 2014
    If you don't like research and still try to pursue it, it will be pointless. You won't learn anything or get anything substantial out of it other than saying you did research, and even then, when you get asked about your research in the interview you probably wont seem very interested. Doing a semester of research is nothing btw, but if you are committed over a period of time it shows a lot of commitment and dedication.

    Schools look for students that match their philosophy, this is what it means when they say whether or not your a "good fit." I would assume research heavy schools want students who are committed to research, just like community service oriented schools want students who are experienced in that aspect. So what it comes down to is whatever you like about dentistry, whether its research, community service, academics, you pick a school that will help you succeed in what YOU want.
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  5. HaverfoodsDDS

    HaverfoodsDDS 5+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2012'll be fine.
  6. free99

    free99 Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    me x 2

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