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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
3:20 pm
[clearheaven]
Finding student research positions at universities and institutions

Hi there,

I am a fourth-year biomedical engineering student doing the pre-med option, and I wanted to share with you a task analysis setup of how I went about finding student research positions at universities and institutions by "spamming" professors and scientists.  It has worked for me.

Feel free to modify or disagree with my procedure. :o)  But I sincerely hope this helps.

  1. Send concise and short e-mail
    1. Explain why you want to work with him
    2. Mention if you have experience or are specialized in his/her area
    3. Say if you want to learn a specific technique from him/her
    4. Schedule a time for an interview either via phone or in person

                                                               i.      “I will give you a call next week on [date] if you can to schedule a time for an interview over the phone.”

                                                             ii.      “I will be certainly happy to hear back from you at myname@myschool.edu or by phone at ###-###-####”

  1. On the date you specified in the e-mail, give them a call.
    1. If they do not answer:

                                                               i.      Leave a voicemail

1.      Explain that you are calling to follow up about a possible 3-month (or however long) internship at their lab

2.      State when you will call again precisely

3.      Do not forget to leave your phone number

    1. If they answer:

                                                               i.      Cordially introduce yourself with your name, school, and program

                                                             ii.      Confidently mention why you are calling as soon as possible

1.      “I have a chance to work outside the classroom and wish to work with you specifically because [what you saw on his/her website about the lab work]”

2.      “I am excited to learn more about your project”

                                                            iii.      If there is no space in his/her lab, mention alternative solutions

1.      “I can start in [another semester/quarter, another year] and can check back with you then to see if there is an opening

                                                           iv.      If he/she denies, kindly ask if there is another researcher who might be open to accepting a student and for his/her contact information

  1. Send a nice thank-you note written by hand mailed
    1. If they have accepted you, thank him/her for adding you to the lab
    2. If they denied you, thank him/her for the kindness for consideration
    3. If they denied you but referred you to another person, mention if you were able to contact him/her and thank him/her for the time and help
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
7:43 pm
[comrade_kazzi]
Working in the US, with non US qualifications
I am a UK citizen and my heart is in the UK, I want to study at med school there and work there, and end up there!

But I'd like to do a stint in the US and a few other countries first, I read somwhere that a British medical degree entitles one to work in any country, except the US, and that one has to do conversion exams or something, at a very hefty price in order to be able to work in the US.

What about getting an internship in the US?

Does anybody have any knowledge about this or further information they could direct me to?

Thanks in advance

Cross posted.
Friday, March 18th, 2005
7:32 pm
[comrade_kazzi]
volunteer placements
Hello
I'm starting my pre med course in September this year. I know in the UK at least work experience is looked upon especially favourably so amongst other things I've signed up to do 3 weeks assisting with a medical practice with Cross Cultural Solutions. I'm wondering has anybody heard of this organization?
Thanks

kandy
Monday, February 28th, 2005
11:14 pm
[rosediamonds]
Hi,

I hope it's alright that I joined. I saw this community and I thought it was a totally wonderful idea.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
5:04 pm
[deathintolife]
Hey guys.

So I've been a totally crappy mod lately and haven't even had internet access in my room. I suck, I know.

Anyways...I've got internet back and school has started. We're almost through the second week (woohoo!) and things are off to a fantastic start. Classes are all right - taking Physics this semester, which really sucks, but that's okay.

First projects are due next week and first tests are the week after that. I'd forgotten how quickly I get back in the swing of things!

Hope y'all are doin' well and that everything is going as planned. Have a great semester!

~Mary
Saturday, January 8th, 2005
12:34 am
[deathintolife]
Welcome!
Welcome to the Pre-Professional Students Community! This community is designed to facilitate undergraduate students in their pursuit of admission and success at various professional schools. The basic idea of this forum should be fairly self evident, but if it isn't, feel free to ask.

My name is Mary and I'm the moderator of this forum. I'm a student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Currently, I hold junior standing and am pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Neuropsychology. I'm pre-med, obviously. I'm planning to attend JHSoM (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) in Baltimore, MD and there, to enroll in the M.D./Ph. D. program. My goal is to be a neurosurgeon and eventually to work with Doctors without Borders in someplace like Guatemala, but I'll stop getting ahead of myself. =)

Other information about me... I'm seventeen, live in dorms, am a member of the Pi Gamma chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority, play soccer, play piano, play drums, actually do have a life outside of school. Other than that...if you're curious, just ask.

Can't wait to get this forum off the ground and meet all of you!

Mary
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