I am just finishing my freshman year in a pre-med program at a UC. For a few months, I have been reading about MSTP programs and have started to seriously consider academic medicine as a career. I should probably finish this year with a 4.0 GPA, so I'm doing well in terms of academics, but I realize that research experience is definitely the most important part of an MSTP-hopeful's application. So pretty much everyday I've been asking myself how to get started with research. Perhaps you can give me some advice... Considering that i have NO previous research experience, and the only science that I know is first year biology and chemistry, how should I go about getting my first position in a lab? What was your first lab experience/how did you get started? If I begin research work in my second year, is that too late to be a competitive MSTP candidate? Thanks for your help.