Are you a student keen to get involved with research? Are you wondering if research is the right thing for you? Felipe Fouto from the Academy's Careers team shares his top 10 tips to help you get started:
Get ahead of the game
It’s never too early to look for research opportunities. If you wait too long you may have limited options.
Don't worry about experience
Everyone has to start somewhere. Many Nobel Prize winners started their research as undergraduates. Put yourself out there.
Get in contact with your local student research society. They can help you find the information you need.
Grab all opportunities to network but be genuine. You might meet the person who will give you the chance to work in a lab or support you to write a studentship application.
Take a chance
You will never know if you enjoy research if you don’t try it! Don't be disheartened though if things don't work out first time. There are always learning points and always new opportunities.
Look for grants and research projects. Sometimes opportunities available to medical students are not taken because students are unaware of them.
Start the journey
Once you get started, one thing leads to another and new opportunities will become available.
Great research is often done by people who simply think differently. Explore your crazy ideas!
Lecturers and Professors often feel honoured to be asked to take part in student activities. Don’t be afraid to ask and don't limit yourself to asking one individual. Be persistent too!