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Biomedical Sciences

Experiential Learning

A broad and demanding curriculum is the foundation for the career areas supported by the Biomedical Sciences program—yet all of these also require some element of "learning outside of the classroom." Hands-on, experiential learning allows students to explore new areas, solidify career goals and also to acquire critical extracurricular credentials that will increase the competitiveness of graduate/medical school applications, and significantly increase employment options. To that end, we strongly encourage our undergraduate students to actively seek out new experiences and to expand their expertise to areas outside of the traditional classroom.

There is a great diversity of extracurricular opportunity available to students in the Biomedical Sciences program, and a core aspect of career advising is to make students aware of "resume building" activities. These may include paid employment on campus, study abroad, volunteer work and community service, K-12 outreach and enrichment, professional "shadowing" and career-relevant employment, on-campus undergraduate research and summer research internships, and other paid cooperative learning programs. Students receive collaborative advising from faculty and staff in order to systematically build towards their own career goals. In addition, the RIT alliance with Rochester General Health Systems (hospital name check?) had opened up new opportunities for undergraduate research and clinical experiences; these will continue to increase in the near future.

The following websites give a good example of useful resources for finding summer internships;

NSF-REU lists all National Science Foundation sponsored REU summer program.

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