If you’re thinking about a career in research, medicine, or lab work (among others) a summer research experience can be invaluable to your career path. In addition to helping you make career decisions and gain hands-on experience in your field, research programs are incredible resume builders and networking opportunities. Summer programs are usually extremely competitive and have early deadlines (January – February) so it’s never too early to plan for your applications!
First Year Students and Sophomores: Usually off-campus research programs are targeted to the summer before your last year of college. Earlier in your college years, you can start by researching programs of interest, their requirements, and their deadlines. And, you should strongly consider getting some research or lab experience on campus as an underclassman. The Department of Natural Sciences offers wonderful opportunities to get involved in research and related experiences. Keep up with the SHNS School Blog and check the Natural Sciences webpage regularly to see what new opportunities are available. And, save the link to the Department of Natural Sciences Undergraduate Research ePortfolio to learn about how to participate in UG research on campus, as well as research and internship programs off campus.
Juniors: If you want to apply to an off-campus research program, make sure you take some time over the holidays and your winter break to plan and apply!
Finding a program: Here are a few resources to help you identify research experiences: