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Research (the kind Pre-meds do) for Social Science Students?

lhd555lhd555 - Posts: 35 New Member
edited June 2010 in Rice University
My question is: how easy is it for social science students/non-natural science students to find biology/biochem/medicine kind of research? Is it hard to find research.

Note: I know there isn't such thing as a pre-med research (or major). I was just wondering about non-natural science students researching in the kind that natural science pre-med students would (like biology/cancer/physiology/etc.)
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Replies to: Research (the kind Pre-meds do) for Social Science Students?

  • college316college316 Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    I am a pre-med social science student, but I'm doing social science research, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I know in social science research, most people meet the professors they do research with by taking upper-level classes in a particular area or forming a rapport with the professors. My roommate is doing natural science research this summer and she looked up some of the bio professors, sent them resumes, etc.

    Because I'm premed, I've taken a bunch of the lab classes that are a good intro to doing research. I think the most important thing is that you go into any research experience with the appropriate lab technique background. This is difficult to get if you don't take classes like Bios 111/211, Chem 121/122, etc. But, be aware that taking premed classes can be a difficult proposition, especially if you want to get really into your social science major.

    Something I would recommend is exploring ways in which the two meet (check out the Global Health Technologies minor, for example. GLHT is kind of a cross between Bioengineering and Public Health). If you have further questions about getting research once you get to Rice, it's always a good idea to talk to upperclassmen in your college, your O-Week advisors, etc. to hear about how they got their research opportunities.
  • slik nikslik nik Registered User Posts: 1,083 Senior Member
    It will be fairly easy finding research... just gotta be persistent and contact a lot of professors. Rice has lots of biomedical research opportunities, especially with the BRC opening last year.
  • squareheadsquarehead Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    Rice as a program called beyond traditional borders that is specially designed to engage social science students in global health issues. There are plenty of research opportunities associated with that program.
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