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How much does Research involvement matter?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by STACM, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. STACM

    STACM 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    The only research I've done was in my non-science major for an honors thesis. Is it going to matter much that this research wasn't like some science research in a lab like most people do?
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  3. Bruinlove

    Bruinlove 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2007

    It won't hurt, but having such research experience might have helped you somewhat.

    The most important things are GPA and DAT.
  4. Brownstain


    May 25, 2008
    Research can mean a great deal, depending on the school. Some places absolutely eat this crap up. A couple schools attempted to persuade me into Ph.D programs due to prior research. To tell you the truth if you are willing to do one of these routes its basically an instant acceptance into alot of schools. You'll be surprised, make sure you get a letter of rec from the person your mentor, bring a copy of a published article along to your interviews. Most people who are part of dental school administration are full time research faculty. It's just the name of the game when it comes to school politics. So you instantly have a common interest for interviews. This is where schools make millions so they would love to have you researching or assisting a researcher. My school even offers a summer research program which gives first year students $5,000 for 6 weeks of research in the summer. So it could in fact not only get you in, but earn you some nice coin while in dschool.
  5. neurotic

    neurotic New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    I interviewed at Buffalo last November and they did not even mention my research I listed on my application. I was prepared to talk about it so I felt it was a little odd. I thought working with anthrax sounded pretty cool *shrug*

    I am sure other schools might put more weight on it, but really it seems they only care about your GPA and DAT scores. Everything else is just fluff.
  6. STACM

    STACM 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    what about the other schools?
  7. illusionD

    illusionD 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    i will be doing research this summer. i wonder which schools have high regards for research.

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