For students with an interest in science or medicine, consider gaining research experience early in your academic career.
Whether you are doing a science fair project or working in a lab with a mentor, research experience is beneficial for building knowledge and may influence your future career choices.
Finding a Research Placement
Finding research experience might be as simple as contacting a professor whose classes you have enjoyed and who is doing research that interests you. Also try looking through our listing of Upcoming Opportunities.
Writing an Abstract
Intrigue readers and give important details about why your work is important. Barry Costa-Pierce of the University of California, Irvine, CA, explains how: Writing a smashing abstract takes practice!
Creating a Scientific Poster
First-time poster constructors should check out this comprehensive site by Colin Purrington of the Department of Biology at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA: Designing conference posters.
Sharing Your Results
AACR’s annual poster session for undergraduates, the Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition, offers undergraduates at any level the chance to practice presenting their research while competing for monetary prizes. The Undergraduate Poster Competition Guidelines are also available online.
High school students at any level have the option to present their laboratory research, class projects, or science fair projects at the AACR Special Program for High School Students. We welcome your participation!
Understanding Scientific Journal Articles
What are scientific journal articles and how do I find them? How can I read and assess research articles? AACR's Survivor & Patient Advocacy presents this information on Scientific Journal Articles.