Tips on - Organising summer research
- By: Thomas Mac Mahon
The last thing most of us want to do is spend the summer in a laboratory. Anything different can be helpful when applying for senior house officer posts, however, and the experience may persuade you to intercalate or follow a career in academic research.
Some funding bodies encourage projects outside your home institution. If you do this, however, make sure that you aren't left without access to the library or computer network.
Make sure there is something concrete for you to do. Live animal work requires an animal license, which you won't get, so be prepared to spend your time observing, if you apply to an in vivo laboratory.
Early—in your course, and in the academic year. January is a good time to enquire, as it often works on a first come, first served basis