Frequently Asked Questions
How much time should I expect to spend doing research?
This depends on the project and your mentor’s expectations. The time commitment often ranges from 5-10 hours per week, but this can vary. What is most important is that you communicate openly with your mentor about your availability and you decide on a schedule that suits both of you.
Can I do a project without a mentor?
All research projects that students conduct require a faculty mentor.
Does the research I conduct need to be in the area of my specialization?
No, it does not. If you are an M1 and are not sure yet what your specialty will be, residency programs will appreciate that you took the initiative to do research, even if the topic is different from your specialty. Once you have decided on a specialization, research in that area is a great way to enhance your training.
Are there opportunities to take a gap year and do more research?
UIC offers students the opportunity to take a year between their 3rd and 4th years to get a MS (part of the MD/MS-CTS joint degree program), which entails conducting research and taking classes
Can I get help writing an abstract or making a poster?
UICOMP has a collection of templates for posters. If you would like feedback on an abstract or a poster, you can contact Dr. Donohue ([email protected]).