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research paper acknowledgement

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by cure0008, May 27, 2010.

  1. cure0008

    cure0008 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    I have worked in a lab for a year (last year)- 12h/w. I was working with the professor on a project; a few months ago he e-mailed me telling me he wrote my name in the acknowledgements for the project.

    I was wondering should I put this on the AMCAS app? Should I put it separately or when listing that I worked in his lab, should I just briefly mention the acknowledgement on the paper?
    How will adcoms this?

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  3. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
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    I don't think acknowledgment is worthy of mention on its own. If you simply describe in the description for the experience that data from a project you worked on was published, that would probably be good enough.
  4. austinap

    austinap Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    At most that goes as a brie statement when describing your research, e.g., "...for which I was acknowledged in a recent publication." This certainly does not qualify as a publication with your name on it, the experience is the most important part in your case.
  5. reflex

    reflex New Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    Don't put it separately. An acknowledgment isn't major enough. Like the above poster said, just mention the type of work you did and how you contributed to work in the lab etc. Acknowledgment in a separate category makes it seem that you're hurting for space and that you want to fill things up.

    I was in your position last year with a bunch of acknowledgments, and wanting to put it in to make it seem like I contributed to lab work, cause otherwise it would have just been describing my study.
  6. cure0008

    cure0008 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Thank-you for all the responses!!

    I just have one more question:
    How will adcoms see this- having your name on the acknowledgements compared to having your name on the publication?
  7. d1ony5u5

    d1ony5u5 5+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    I concur. Not big enough to get an independent mention.

    Do as suggested above: List your year of research and include something like: "... part of the data I generated was used in a peer-reviewed article in such and such journal..." that way it serves the very important function of attesting to the high quality of the data you produced, making the experience more valuable.

    PS. Your name on the paper is what you really want, but not many people get to do that. Acknowledgement is next. It won't wow AdComs, but it will certainly show that you were not just doing glassware in the lab. Your work had enough quality to be used in a publication!

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