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Scholarly research can be an excellent part of your educational and career exploration. We recommend you look for opportunities that resonate with your interests and are a good fit for your goals. To learn more about the best ways to integrate research into your pre-health/pre-medical education, refer to Gaining Experience in the Health Professions.
Brown University presents multiple opportunities to engage with research. Exploring the links below will give you a sense of the breadth of these opportunities. The Directory or Research and Researchers at Brown, BURO, and BrownConnect are the University's main databases. Research that takes place at a hospital or involves interaction with patients or research subjects involves a variety of approval and certification steps. These are similar to the HIPAA certification process that enables students to volunteer at hospitals or other clinical facilities and are managed by the clinical facility where the research takes place. Most laboratory research projects that take place on campus may not require extensive certification or clearance.
There are also a great number of summer programs at institutions nation-wide that provide foundational or in-depth experience with scholarly research. Most of these programs require an application mid-winter to early spring. They frequently require letters of recommendation and a resume. To prepare well, plan ahead.
Consult CareerLAB's website and advisors for assistance with resume and cover letter writing. The list below is not exhaustive and we encourage you to explore a variety of options that fit with your educational and careers goals.
Summer Programs in Multiple Locations
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) - formerly Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
New York City--Columbia University/Barnard College Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program (through the generous support of the Amgen Foundation).
Ann Arbor, MI -- UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program (of particular interest to students interested in MD-PhD programs)