Information for Undergraduate Students
Will labs concerning my field of interest be at the event?
During the Research Match in Fall 2015, representatives from the following fields of research were represented. In addition to continued representation from many of these fields, we expect to add more represented fields to the Research Match in Fall 2016. We will continually update this list with fields to be represented during this year's fair, so keep checking back for updates!
- Cancer Biology
- Cellular & Developmental Biology
- Pathology & Immunology
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Molecular Biology
This all sounds great, but how do I apply to a lab?
Great question! Here are 10 simple steps:
- You will receive a packet containing information about each lab/poster station; read over these carefully and note which ones you are interested in.
- Print and bring up-to-date and concise résumés to present to the representatives of the labs you are interested in.
- During the fair, take time to browse the stations and talk with representatives from each lab.
- Mark labs you're interested in for later reference (for filling out the final survey) and give a printed copy of your résumé to the lab representative.
- Each lab will also rank students they are interested in and think would be a good fit for their lab.
- Following the event, SIM will email out a survey to all attendees that will request students to rank their top five labs and provide information on time availability and type of position desired (volunteer, paid, course-credit).
- DO NOT reach out to any lab on your own before the match process is complete (it is imperative that PIs are not inundated with hundreds of student emails). However; be on the lookout for email communication directly from labs that may be expressing interest or requesting more information or interviews.
- Principal investigators from each lab will submit a similar survey on student rankings on their end.
- SIM will then match students with labs using the marked preferences of both students and PIs to ensure an optimal match between the two parties.
- If a student is paired with a research lab, he or she will receive an email after the process is complete; from here the student and PI will be in direct contact to work out further details. YAY SCIENCE!