Research Opportunities

Research at Penn

Most applicants to medical and dental school have some amount of research experience.  The length and type of experiences range widely according to students' interests. 

A great place to start is Penn's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).  CURF is home to a research directory that provides a searchable database of positions of all kinds. CURF also can connect you to advisors, peer advisors, and information sessions to help you get started.

CURF is not the only resource that you should use. Your professors are another important source of information and guidance. Not only do many faculty maintain labs or supervise projects of their own, they have colleagues to whom they can refer you. Do not be shy about sharing your research interests with faculty.

Biomedical research is only one kind of research opportunity available at Penn. Successful applicants to medical and dental school pursue a variety of research projects involving laboratory work, public health research, clinical research, investigations in economics or public policy, as well as in-depth work in the social sciences and humanities.

Research Outside of Penn

Many students are interested in doing off-campus research during the summer. You will need to be proactive in finding a position.  Consult the Pathways to Science summer research database and follow postings in the pre-health newletter.  CURF can also assist you with identifying opportunities in other cities and countries.