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Do med schools like REU's?

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Replies to: Do med schools like REU's?

  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    Typo: would NOT suggest it. Basically, there's not pt in spending a summer building a relationship w/ a faculty member and beginning a project if continued work is unlikely and continuing research from a distance, while sometimes possible (e.g., cooperatively writing a paper w/ a prof), it's quite tough and tends to be less productive, IME. When you list something on AMCAS, they'll ask number of hrs/wk and months of commitment. A 40 hr/wk, June-Aug 2011 (12 wks * 40 hrs/wk = 480 hrs) commitment isn't a commitment, it's a summer camp. And it will be viewed as such. 10 hrs/wk Sept-May * 2 semesters (~32 wks) = 320 hrs. While the 2 semesters at 10 hrs/wk is less time, it will be seen more favorably due to the commitment aspect as well as showing the student can do this level of work while also acing classes, holding down a job, etc. Additionally, this allows the professor to get to know the student over time (which looks better on paper). Continuing to work full time through the summers is, of course, even more ideal.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,027 Senior Member
    apumic;

    you make an excellent point, but what about all those that attend a LAC, which essentially closes down for the summer -- no research available? Retail/volunteering at home instead?
  • hopingdadhopingdad User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 145 Junior Member
    a couple Research Experience Undergraduate opportunities this summer. Each is a 10 week program. He's leaning towards the bio-med engineering one. What do med schools think about these? Are they "good" ECs?

    mom2, this REU program, funded by NSF, should be one of the best way to do research, get paid, and try to get a paper/Poster/ or at least an Abstract out of it. The PI will have to file a report with NSF including your child's project. SO, even that NSF report may be construed as partyour child's contribution.

    Research is one of the important components in medschool app. If a paper is published, then its an excellent accomplishment (two papers NCG says is superb for medschool app).

    In short, REU is a funded program, the PI will have thought through the 10-wk project for your child and thus have more chance to produce RESULTS that can lead to publication, and will be paid. That BioMed project sounds good.

    Any other research experience, other than REU, the student will lilely be paired with a grad student on an on-going project, which is also good. But your child should be prepared to work as volunteer, unpaid. So, the REU is an excellent opportunity for the summer, and fully supported.
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    bluebayou,

    I'd keep working my correspondence w/ the prof. You don't necessarily need your advisor right there every step of the way. If you began a project in Sept and the advisor goes on a one month vacation in June, you should already have had enough foundation in place to keep doing plenty. It's all about initiative. While class may be out of session, I doubt the faculty are getting those 3 months completely off.
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