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How to get started in research: 3 step guide to getting started


Research is an important part of medical education; it enriches your medical school experience and makes you more competitive for residencies. Even for students with prior research experience, identifying a research opportunity or mentor may be a daunting task. The three step guide below will help you get started on identifying student research opportunities. Remember our office is always available for consultation and general information; call us at 210-450-8392, or send an email to


Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Vice Dean for Research
School of Medicine
Office of the Dean


Step 1: Get Informed

Check out presentations from students on how to get started and what to look for.



Step 2: Connect with your mentor or project

INFLUUENT, also known as SciVal Experts, is a database of researchers here at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Consider using different key words, looking at researchers in the network, and recent publications when conducting your search.



Alternatively, you can direct message Department Research Contacts


Reminder: Keep it brief and to the point:

Dear Dr. Smith,

I’m interested in doing research in [insert discipline/specialty here]. Can I help you with your research in [insert topic here]? I have 5 extra hours each week this semester I can dedicate to your work. I would be comfortable doing a [literature review, survey, data analysis, etc.] but am open to other opportunities as well.

[Your name here]




Step 3: Connect with us

If you don’t get a response to your email within a week, let us know. Forward the email to

If you have questions but feel more comfortable connecting with other students, our Student Liaisons
are available as well.


Medical Student Research Liaisons:

Class of 2017 - James Cuvillier
Class of 2018 - John Paul (JP) Harris
Class of 2018 - Eric Baeuerle
Class of 2019 - Carlos Sanchez
Class of 2019 - Gabrielle Zuniga


Finally, like us on Facebook to see open research opportunities and to
stay in the loop on research workshops and events @SOMresearch