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Research in High School

llazarllazar 200 replies41 threads Junior Member
edited July 2010 in College Admissions
I want to do research on Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, but what would you consider "research"? I was thinking of browsing the web and just jotting notes in a notebook, eventually writing articles and such based on my findings. Just for experience since i do want to major in biomedical engineering.

I obviously want colleges to know that i've done research so would i have to do it in a university lab or something?

Also, how can i get my research recognized? I suppose i could have science teachers at my school proof read articles but i doubt any of them has experience in the field.
edited July 2010
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  • rOadTo3brOadTo3b - 767 replies66 threads Member
    Identifying a problem. Formulating a relevant thesis. Carrying out proper observations and experimentation. Conclusion.

    Usually, having a mentor who is a faculty at a college helps you out significantly.
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  • glassesarechicglassesarechic 5471 replies16 threads Senior Member
    Researching online is not scientific research. Most high schoolers who do research do it with a college professor (or, at my school, with a chem teacher who has had several articles published). But keep in mind that research is becoming ubiquitous among high school students, and it's unlikely to impress adcoms unless you co-author a published paper or accomplish something of that caliber.
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  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 4661 replies12 threads Senior Member
    "Research" usually refers to primary scientific research. You have to come up with an idea on your own that has never been studied before in the manner that you propose, then come up with a methodology that can test your hypothesis, etc. Like glassesarechic said, research by itself is not impressive in any way, unless, of course, you have actually accomplished something through the process. Nevertheless, it is a great experience to have in high school.
    I obviously want colleges to know that i've done research so would i have to do it in a university lab or something?

    Research involves a lot of time and effort, and you may not even discover anything meaningful through the process that is actually worth publishing. I would recommend that you conduct a research project if you're truly interested in the subject area or if you want the experience for the pleasure of it or for satisfying your curiosity, not if you want to do for the purpose of college admissions.

    With that said, you don't necessarily need to work in a lab or an institutional setting: you can certainly work on it at home (ex: if it's a theoretical math project), at school (ex: if it is a survey based project)--- I even know someone who did her project at a zoo. However, no matter where you conduct the project, you need to have a "mentor" who can oversee your work. It can be a science teacher at school who's knowledgeable in the field, a school psychiatrist, or, even better, you can contact a professor at a research lab. It does not have to be someone you know personally-- for instance, I know people who, after reading professional research journal articles, contacted the authors of the those articles through emails and slowly built up a professional relationship with a particular person, who later agreed to serve as a mentor to the student.
    Also, how can i get my research recognized?

    Most of the people I know get their work recognized through local and state science research fairs and other various competitions.
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