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Why Research Experience is so important for MS or PhD
When applying for graduate programs in US, whether PhD or Masters level, research experience is important and sometimes crucial. The research may be conducted as part of a class or on the side, but the most important thing is that you are experiencing the making of a contribution to the field. At the graduate level there is a high expectation to conduct research, and having some experience before will aid in doing so.
How to get involved into research in Bachelors
At the undergraduate level (at US universities) there are often many opportunities to get involved in research. Step one is to start talking to your professors. You want to find out what their interests are, what kind of research they are working on, and if there is any chance that you could help. In some disciplines this may be easier than others, but it can’t hurt to ask.
There are also REU’s which are Research Experiences for Undergraduates, these look great on your resume. They are usually held during the summer at various universities across the country. This gives you a chance to mingle with other people who share your passion as well as network with other professionals in the field.
How to take advantage of Research publishing Opportunities :
If you have the opportunity to publish a paper or something, go for it ! But there are also chances to present your research in poster sessions or as a talk at the numerous conferences held every year. You can often talk your department for sponsorship to conferences that may be far/out of state. It is also a great way to really get to know your professors that you work with, these are the people that will be able to write wonderful letters of recommendation for you in the future; for school applications and job applications alike.
Research Experience for Career (Job)
Even if graduate school is not on your agenda, this is still a great opportunity and experience for the workplace and your education. I know several people who were able to talk about their projects during interviews and say that that was what got them their job.
About Guest Author :Kristal recently graduated from a State University in US with B.A and B.S in Economics, Mathematics, and Spanish Majors. She is going to attend a reputed University for PhD in Economics in fall 2010 with full funding. She will share her undergraduate experiences and PhD admission tips with our readers.
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