Are you a creative problem-solver?
You just might be researcher material!
Scientists are trying to find out what causes diabetes. Once they do, they believe they can find a cure. They don't have all the answers ... yet. But they are getting closer each year.
It takes a natural curiosity, the ability to keep trying, even in the face of rejection, and creative thinking about problems to become a diabetes researcher. Hard work and good grades also help! What else?
- Set some goals for your life and work, including your future in research.
- Read about possible careers in research. One place to look is the PBS Web site Cool Careers in Science.
- Take as much science and math as possible in school.
- Learn outside the classroom by seeking more science information. JDRF's publications and Web site research section are a great place to start!
- Volunteer and work in medical settings or with people, such as at diabetes camps.
- Visit your local universities and find out what opportunities they offer before and during college.
- Plan on taking your education into graduate school and beyond—to the M.D. or Ph.D. level.