For many of the health care fields, conducting individual research while an undergraduate is a useful experience. Research allows a student to investigate a topic in greater detail and more in-depth than work in the traditional classroom. While it is more common for students to conduct scientific research in a laboratory, there are many different types of research experiences. For students who chose to major in something other than science, research in his or her field of interest is just as valuable. Conducting research allows you to gather and synthesize information and teaches you critical thinking skills. All of these are valuable tools for anyone interested in a career in a medical field. Here at UNC there are a variety of opportunities to become involved in research. The most common method for obtaining a research position is to talk to the faculty in your area of interest. Many faculty have their own research programs and may be willing to take on volunteers to assist them with their projects.