Research Experience

Having a solid understanding of the research process allows for an informed interpretation of hypotheses, results and translation to practice.

To be an effective health care practitioner you must understand how treatments, drugs and therapies move from discovery and development to the bedside. You should also be able to read scientific journals critically. The best way to truly understand research is to live the practice for a time. Even if you don’t plan to engage in research as a practitioner, having some research experience, in any field of study, will be of value in your career.

Research can be bench or clinically based; it can be volunteer, a summer internship, part-time during the school year, or a full time co-op. When assisting with research make sure that you aren’t blindly gathering data or performing experiments. Rather, make an effort to understand the process and outcomes of the work. Think critically about the hypothesis being tested and the results gathered.

For MD and DO applicants, programs will expect you to have some research experience in college. Though not required for dental, optometry, physician assistant, podiatry or veterinary school, research experience makes your application stand out among the applicant pool.

If you are especially passionate about research and can envision research as a major part of your career, you may consider a dual medical/PhD degree.  These degrees are offered for many of the medical programs that we support. Candidates to dual degree programs must demonstrate an exceptional research background and accomplishments prior to applying, as well as identify a particular field of study for their doctoral studies.

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Northeastern University is a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University where a commitment to use solution-focused research has led to greater impact and a 275% increase of external research funding over the last 14 years.

Northeastern students are encouraged to take full advantage of opportunities to engage cutting edge research at the University. The websites below will help you begin your quest to find an engaging and meaningful research opportunity on campus.

Review the PreMed and PreHealth listing of research focused summer opportunities on our Summer Programs webpage.