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Hello all.
I was approached by a PhD student of our Chemistry dept to help in his research. But, it's so late in the game since I'll be applying for med schools this summer for 08 matriculation. Is this worth it? If I get into it, I figured I'll be getting an excellent recommendation since he picked me without me even applying for the position. But if I'm applying this June, I'll only have like 3.5 months of this experience. Is this long engough? Otherwise I have no other research experience.
 

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Hello all.
I was approached by a PhD student of our Chemistry dept to help in his research. But, it's so late in the game since I'll be applying for med schools this summer for 08 matriculation. Is this worth it? If I get into it, I figured I'll be getting an excellent recommendation since he picked me without me even applying for the position. But if I'm applying this June, I'll only have like 3.5 months of this experience. Is this long engough? Otherwise I have no other research experience.

If you continue all the way up 'til interview season you'll have tons of experience to talk about.
 

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Hello all.
I was approached by a PhD student of our Chemistry dept to help in his research. But, it's so late in the game since I'll be applying for med schools this summer for 08 matriculation. Is this worth it? If I get into it, I figured I'll be getting an excellent recommendation since he picked me without me even applying for the position. But if I'm applying this June, I'll only have like 3.5 months of this experience. Is this long engough? Otherwise I have no other research experience.
This is a simple choice:

Does the topic interest you?
A. Yes, it does and therefore you should do it.
B. No, it does not and therefore you should instead focus on a small non-blinded study of the effects of C2H6O on your own.
 
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This is a simple choice:

Does the topic interest you?
A. Yes, it does and therefore you should do it.
B. No, it does not and therefore you should instead focus on a small non-blinded study of the effects of C2H6O on your own.

:laugh:
 

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This is a simple choice:

Does the topic interest you?
A. Yes, it does and therefore you should do it.
B. No, it does not and therefore you should instead focus on a small non-blinded study of the effects of C2H6O on your own.

Yep if you like it and want the research experience, do it.

By the time applications and interviews come around, you'll have enough experience that it will 'count' for something.
 

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yeah I agree. From what I hear, research isn't just something to slap onto your application... it's something that will hopefully give you a talking point during your interview as well. Also, if (heaven forbid) you don't actually get into med school this cycle and you decide to try again the following year, you could continue the research for a full extra year, perhaps even get a paid position.

All signs point to yes IMO
 

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I see. Thanks for the inputs. It is a paid position. Does that look better than a non paid position in the application?
 

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Nah, doesn't really matter. Except that it puts cash in your pocket, and it lets you spend more time doing research since you don't necessarily need another job.
 

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Researching on campus instead of working lets you talk to the professors and get good recommendations. I'd also recommend TAing. These are all things that prevent you from working all day long somewhere else and getting no access to professors. So if you work on campus you can get decent money and reap the benefits.
 
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