Pre-medical and pre-health students are able to pursue their research interests on the Homewood campus and also at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions. To get a feel for the vast world of research opportunities available at Johns Hopkins, visit any one of the following sites:
- JHU Health Medicine Research
- School of Medicine Research Opportunities
- School of Public Health Research & Centers
- Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Research Opportunities
- Whiting School of Engineering Research Opportunities
- Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience Research Opportunities
- Medical Tutorials
One advantage of attending the Johns Hopkins University is the opportunity to participate in research as an undergraduate. Laboratories in Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Psychology and departments in the Medical Institutions regularly have openings for qualified undergraduates to participate in research. A student may earn up to six credits per year with a maximum total of 24 credits that count towards the 120 needed for graduation. More important than credits, research experience complements classroom education by teaching you laboratory skills and critical thinking.
To find out more questions such as the requirements for undergraduate research, how to find an undergraduate research position, and how to register for undergraduate research, go to the following sites:
- JHU Undergraduate Research
- FAQ: Research, Internships, and Independent Study (Office of Academic Advising)
- Basics on Undergraduate Research at JHU (Department of Biology)
- PDF Document: Getting Involved in Research (Office of Career Services)
- PDF Document: Taking Advantage of Undergraduate Research Opportunities (Guide written by Eric Wan, Molecular and Cellular Biology, ’14)
There are also numerous awards available to fund research such as:
- Provost Undergraduate Research Awards
- JHU National Fellowships Program
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program
Additional Research Opportunities
Clinicaltrials.gov – This searchable database includes all of the federally funded clinical research trials going on throughout the country. You can search by city/state but also by terms like “Johns Hopkins” and a number of results will appear. You can then browse the studies and contact the physicians/scientists conducting them to see if research positions might be available.
Rochester Institute of Technology (List 1) – The organizations on this list offer co-op/internship opportunities that MAY consider applicants that do not hold US citizenship or Permanent Resident (PR) status. However, some of these organizations simply do not provide any eligibility requirements or, if they do, do not mention anything about a requirement for US citizenship or PR status.
Rochester Institute of Technology (List 2) – This website lists biology and biotechnology paid co-op/Internships as collected by the Department of Biological Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REUs) – Funded by the National Science Foundation, these summer research experiences take place at a number of different colleges and universities throughout the country. Most include housing and a stipend. Deadlines tend to be early so if you are interested, we recommend visiting this site throughout the fall/spring.
Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health – This page highlights summer research opportunities at the NIH and more.
The Undergrads Guide to Online Research – Google is an integral part of how students use the web, but as we all know, discerning between good and bad information in search results can be tricky. This guide gives students the tools to effectively navigate web-based research. They cover everything from how to evaluate sources and organize notes, to tricks for extracting relevant results in a search query. There is also provide an extensive listing of academic databases for more targeted research.