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Become A Research Scholar

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  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
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  • $65,275

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Example Of What A Research Scholar does

  • Validated candidate genes using qRT-PCR.
  • Created posters for science symposiums.
  • Honed self-learning and research skills by completing MOOCs on public policy and Python programming.
  • Developed a silver staining procedure for identifying SNP differences in crow DNA samples.
  • Presented research at National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
  • Result published in ACS Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
  • Developed Python scripts to reduce, interpret and visualize the per atom moment data output from the analysis software.
  • -Performed undergraduate research on health determinants using digital technology in collaboration of Dr. Helaine Alessio, FACSM.
  • Presented results of research to advisor's research group.
  • Researched in synthesis of water soluble Quantum Dots for biomedical imaging.
  • Facilitated research into toxic heavy metal uptake into the edible portions of staple crops.
  • Designed statistical analysis of experiments.
  • Research Paper: "Why Do Countries Develop Different Health Care Systems.
  • Research Project title: Extending the time-series of satellite based lightning observations.
  • Conducted research and data analysis concerning AID in San Francisco.
  • Conducted literature review, discussed data analysis; wrote and presented a group report.
  • Reduced lab costs by pioneering change to a single general enzyme to replace three specific enzymes.
  • Lead the Research and Scholarship Program at the Boston Campus that promotes faculty scholarship.
  • Worked in the Center for Molecular Biology running lab protocols on the Xq28 project.
  • Published in Journal of Neuroscience (Tier 1 journal)

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How To Become A Research Scholar

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.

Education

Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Real Research Scholar Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Social Science Research Scholar The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Nov 14, 2016 $200,000
SR. Research Scholar Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Washington, DC Aug 02, 2015 $162,850
SR. Research Scholar Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Washington, DC Aug 01, 2015 $162,850
Senior Research Scholar The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $153,500
Research Scholar Columbia University New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $145,000
Senior Research Scholar Columbia University New York, NY May 01, 2015 $130,000
Postdoctoral Research Scholar Columbia University New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $125,000
Senior Research Scholar Columbia University New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $124,000
Senior Research Scholar Columbia University New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $120,750
Visiting Research Scholar The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Research Scholar The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $115,000
Research Scholar San Diego Public Library Foundation San Diego, CA Aug 07, 2016 $105,352
Postdoctoral Research Scholar The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 10, 2016 $58,580
Postdoctoral Research Scholar The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 26, 2015 $58,580
Research Scholar Bard College New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $58,034
Postdoctoral Research Scholar Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jan 09, 2016 $58,000
Research Scholar National Institute of Aerospace Associates Hampton, VA Jan 08, 2016 $58,000
Research Scholar North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Jan 01, 2016 $57,886
Postdoctoral Research Scholar The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 01, 2016 $57,504
Postdoctoral Research Scholar Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jul 01, 2015 $51,000
Associate Research Scholar The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $50,800
Postdoctoral Research Scholar The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Feb 17, 2015 $50,500
Senior Research Scholar North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC May 01, 2015 $50,482
Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Post DOC) The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Sep 01, 2015 $50,112
Research Scholar Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA Aug 31, 2015 $50,112
Research Scholar Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 09, 2016 $50,112

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Top Skills for A Research Scholar

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Top Research Scholar Skills

  1. Lab
  2. Research Project
  3. Undergraduate Research
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Oriented new researches to the lab, while acting as part of a team whose members came from four countries.
  • Research Project title: Extending the time-series of satellite based lightning observations.
  • Trained undergraduate research assistants to follow study protocol.
  • Created and maintained active leukemia cell cultures to be used in analytical tests.
  • Selected from >1,000 applicants to receive one of 8 Stokes Scholarships: full undergraduate tuition and stipend.

Top Research Scholar Employers

Research Scholar Videos

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