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17: Term Research Project

Why Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate students have worked on their Senior Honors Thesis projects in my lab. These students gained invaluable research experiences that strengthened their academic knowledge in preparation for their future graduate and medical school careers.

. They get to decide what exactly they want to pursue in the future.

. They develop verbal and writing skills that are necessary for professional development.

- Jokubas Ziburkus, (Neurobiology), Cell and Molecular Biology

I strongly encourage students interested in graduate school to gain research experience as undergraduates. You will be able to find out if you truly enjoy working in a particular field (and try additional fields if you don't like the first one). In addition, research experience will greatly strengthen your application to graduate school. Finally, if you enter graduate school with the sophistication gained from working in a laboratory, you will be more successful as a graduate student.

- Steven Pennings, (Salt marsh ecology), Ecology and Evolution

I think that research experience in the lab and outside of classes is an excellent way to gain an understanding of the approaches and basics of scientific research. To interact with researchers and graduate students on a daily basis gives otherwise abstract “research” a personal face. Creativity, thinking and sometimes hard work are required to plan an experiment, to perform it and to overcome difficulties along the way. The reward: The excitement that comes with success and novel findings!

- Brigitte Dauwalder, (Genetics), Cell and Molecular Biology

Undergraduate researchers are an integral part of the work in our lab. Student research ranges from assisting a graduate student to designing and implementing an independent project. I have two hopes for the students in my lab: first is that students will get useful and interesting data that will further the research of our group second, and perhaps more importantly, students should get to experience the excitement, and tedium, of knowledge discovery. You can never know what doing labwork or fieldwork is really all about unless you get your hands dirty and do it. Actively participating in research can convince a student that this is really the coolest thing possible that someone gets to do for a living, or that this is something that they could never stand to do again--either way, they've learned something valuable.

- Rebecca Zufall, (Genome evolution), Ecology and Evolution


NIDDK Short-Term Research Program to Unlock Potential (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP program is expanding its focus and changing its name.

Program Staff held a pre-application webinar to answer questions related to the program changes and new funding opportunity. If you were unable to attend, view the video of the webinar or download the PowerPoint deck (PDF, 1.55 MB) .

If you are planning on applying to the new funding opportunity, visit the NIH Guide to learn more about RFA-DK-21-023.


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Research & Fellowship Opportunities forPenn Med Students

Welcome to the Short Term Research Opportunities funding website. We review fellowship information periodically and update the website, but some funding sources are quicker than others to roll out information for the upcoming year. We leave the prior year’s deadline posted as a reference until one of our reviews reveals updated information. If you see an opportunity of interest, click on the link to learn more. If you discover a more updated deadline, please reach out and let us know by contacting Francia Portacio, Associate Director.

Agnew Society - First Year Fellowship Program

The Agnew Society offers a funded six-week summer fellowship for first-year medical students interested in surgery. Students will identify a mentor in the Penn Surgery department and will work with them to develop a research project to work on over the course of the summer. For more information and to apply, visit the Medical Students First Year Fellowship Program. If you have general questions about the Fellowship Program, contact Dr. Ari Brooks. To learn more about ongoing research at Penn Surgery, check out the Penn Surgery Current Research Activities.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 (PRE-APPROVAL regarding the mentor must be obtained from Dr. Ari Brooks by February 1, 2021)

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) - Student Research Fellowships

The purpose of the AOA fellowships is to stimulate interest in research among medical students. Areas of research may include clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology, and social science/health service research. Applications must be submitted by January 5th (No extensions) to the Combined Degree Office, not directly to AOA. Dr. Jon Morris, Penn's AOA Chapter Councilor, will work with a selection committee to choose the most promising application. This will then be forwarded to AOA for a final funding decision. For more information, visit the AOA website and read carefully the Program Description.

Penn Approval for Submission
Application Deadline to Combined Degree Office: January 5, 2021 (No extensions)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) - Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Drug Abuse and Addiction for Minority Medical Students

The AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction offers a unique opportunity for minority medical students, or students whose project will focus on minorities, to explore a research career in substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field. For more information and to apply, visit AACAP Spurlock Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) - Summer Medical Student Fellowship

The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for medical students to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field. The fellowship opportunity provides funding for 8-12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. For more information and to apply, visit the AACAP Summer Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

American Academy of Neurology (AAN) - Medical Student Research Scholarship

The AAN Medical Student Research Scholarship program offers members of the AAN's Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) program a stipend to conduct a project in either an institutional, clinical or laboratory setting where there are ongoing programs of research, service or training, or a private practice. For more information, check out the Program Announcement. If you have questions, contact Maggie Rock.

Externally Reviewed
Winter application period: December 2, 2020 - March 8, 2021 (11:59 pm Central Daylight Time)
Summer application period: June 1, 2021 - August 23, 2021 (11:59 pm Central Daylight Time)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) - Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation is offering the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF) program. Fellowships will be awarded each year to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school, and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is a member of the AANS. For more information and to apply, visit the NREF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) - Summer Intern Scholarship Program

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship in Cardiothoracic Surgery program introduces the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students from North American medical institutions. For more information and to apply, visit the AATS website.

[Note: this program provides some research exposure, but it is not exclusively research oriented like the other listings on this website.]

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 1, annually

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) - Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Medical Student Summer Fellowship program awards grants to medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors. The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. (Note: Penn med students with 8 weeks are eligible.) For more information and to apply, visit the ABTA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST

American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) - Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program (MSTAR)

The AFAR program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Research will be conducted at one of seven National Training Centers (NTC) supported by the National Institute on Aging. Penn is not one of the centers. For more information and to apply, visit the AFAR website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Please be in touch directly with the National Training Centers to determine their availability and program deadline.

American Heart Association (AHA) / American Stroke Association (ASA) - Student Scholarships

The American Heart Association Student Scholarships support graduate-level or medical students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and stroke. The AHA has long been committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from students from racial and ethnic groups. The award will be considered for a project conducted under qualified supervision over the summer or in a block of several months not to exceed May 30th of the following calendar year. The student and mentor must be members of the AHA.

If the student goes to a location other than his/her institution, he/she must have written approval of his/her dean or other responsible individual. AHA will consider up to 5 applicants from Penn. Applications must be submitted by March 1 to the Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Staff, not directly to AHA. If more than 5 students wish to apply, a committee of Penn faculty will review applications and select the top 5 to go forward and apply directly to AHA. AHA will typically select one of these students for funding. For more information, visit the AHA/ASA Student Scholarships website.

Penn Approval for Submission
Application Deadline to Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Staff: March 1
Application Deadline: April 2, 2021 (Note: they recommend joining the AHA to apply by March 27)

American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation - Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship

The AMA Foundation, in partnership with the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC), has established the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship Fund with the goal of advancing the progress of women in the medical profession and strengthening the ability of the AMA to identify and address the needs of women physicians and medical students. For more information and to apply, visit the AMA Foundation website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: July 15, 2021

American Osler Society (AOS) - Medical History and Medical Humanism Award

The American Osler Society's William B. Bean Student Research Award supports research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanism. For more information and to apply, visit the AOS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

American Society of Hematology (ASH) - Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists Award (HONORS)

The ASH Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists Award (HONORS) is a three-month experience in hematology-related laboratory or clinical research for medical students and residents. (Note: while the award is typically for three months, we have contacted ASH and our understanding is that they are open to applications from first year students, who only have a two month summer available). If you are interested in applying and need help identifying a Penn mentor/project, contact Dr. Alison Loren, the Penn faculty member who has served as an advisor for applicants in the past. For more information and to apply, visit the ASH website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 16, 2021

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) - Graduate Student Award

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine grants a Graduate Student Award to a graduate or medical student to support a mentored project that falls into the research priorities of their organization. For more info and to apply, visit the ASRA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent (September 17, 2019) Invited grant proposals (January 22, 2020)

American Urological Association (AUA) and UCF - Herbert Brendler Summer Medical Student Fellowship

The American Urological Association and the Urology Care Foundation are proud to provide the Herbert Brendler, MD Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. For more information and to apply, visit the AUA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 7, 2021 at 5 PM EST

Arnold P. Gold Foundation - Student Summer Fellowships

The Gold Foundation's Student Summer Research Fellowship grants are modeled on NIH short-term training grants, but are awarded for research in community health and cultural competency issues, rather than laboratory work. The grant award includes a stipend for a 10-week period, but the award can be prorated for an 8-week research period. Alternatively, students can complete the 8-week research period and finish the remaining 2 weeks post-fellowship. For more information, visit the Gold Foundation website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 26, 2021

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) - Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students

The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and the Foundation for PM&R are excited to announce the annual Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS). This program offers first year medical students to experience the rewards of scholarly research within the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation through an eight-week summer externship. For more information, visit the AAP website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Interest form due - December 11, 2020

Center For Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) Stolley Summer Research Fellowship at Penn

In 2004, the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) initiated a research fellowship for medical students interested in working on a clinical research project during the summer between their first and second years of medical school. Complete applications should be submitted to Dr. Joshua F. Baker and Michelle McCarthy at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. For more information, check out the Program Announcement and the Stolley Travel Award.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Mid-February

Center For Health Care Innovation Research Projects

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation is committed to connecting students from various disciplines with academic research and internship opportunities related to innovation at Penn, Penn Medicine and beyond. We offer Penn Medicine students the opportunity to work on Center projects with multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, and other professionals from across Penn Medicine. For more information or to join our student database so that we can contact you when research opportunities to collaborate with our team arise, visit the CHCI website.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: March 15, annually

Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)

The Center for Health Initiatives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute explores how the science of behavioral economics can improve health. Penn medical students, who are interested in conducting research in this area, are encouraged to submit a CV and a paragraph describing your interests to Joelle Friedman. For more information, visit the CHIBE website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

Center For HealthCare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) - Medical Student Summer Internship

The Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety (CHIPS) is accepting applications for its Medical Student Summer Internship. During the 6 - 8 week program, the selected candidate will receive an introduction to the field of healthcare quality and safety, and will participate in a quality improvement research project under the direction of a fellow or faculty member. Applicants should email the CHIPS Coordinator, Stacey Riley, a CV and a letter of interest. For more information, visit the CHIPS website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) - Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

The Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) provides a scholarship for medical students interested in pursuing a career in child neurology. The award will be made for clinical research focused in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during the summer break. For more information and to apply, visit the CNF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 12, 2021

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) - Summer Oncology Research Fellowship

The Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Program, sponsored by CHLA and USC for more than 30 years, is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical school students pursuing interests in oncology research. For more information and to apply, visit the CHLA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) - Summer Research Fellowship Program

The Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) offers scholarships for medical students working on summer research projects. The research can be basic science or clinical in nature but must be completed in a ten week time frame. Preferences will be given to proposals studying problems related to health problems of the Chinese. For more information and to apply, visit the CAMS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

CHOP/Penn Center for Machine Learning in Urology

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)/Penn Center for Machine Learning in Urology will support a fully funded, paid 2-month summer research internship for 1 health professional (MD/DO) or biomedical graduate (MS/PhD) student per year. This intern will be fully integrated into the research team and larger CHOP/Penn research community. This will provide a support network that will lead to enhanced participation, learning, and growth over this short summer experience. The intern will be challenged with completing a mentored individual research project exploring the application of machine learning/artificial intelligence to the diagnosis and management of kidney stone disease. Faculty support will be provided by principle investigator Dr. Gregory Tasian with additional support from co-investigators Drs. Yong Fan and Justin Ziemba. We expect that this project will be submitted for presentation and publication. The internship program will run on campus at CHOP/Penn in Philadelphia for 8-weeks from Wednesday June 16, 2021-Wednesday August 11, 2021. A stipend of approximately $4,000 will be provided to cover the costs of living expenses while on campus. The application will include a short personal statement detailing how this internship will fit into future career plans and goals, a letter of reference from 1 current faculty member, and a CV. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early, but the final deadline for applications will be March 31, 2021. All applications can be completed electronically at https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_85GIShFCs28n25L. Please contact CHOP P20 Center PI Gregory Tasian, MD, MSCE at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.

Penn Reviewed.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Clinical Neurosciences Track Summer Internship at Penn

The Clinical Neurosciences Training Program (CNST) will award stipends to cover living expenses for up to 4 internships during summer 2021, on a competitive basis to Penn first year medical students that are participating in the CNST. In general, projects are expected to be performed on site at Penn projects at other US or international locations must have a compelling justification and a Penn co-mentor. Proposals requiring in-person work should describe alternative plans in case of COVID19-related shutdowns. If you have any questions or would like guidance in choosing a project, please contact Dr. Daniel Wolf or Dr. Xilma Ortiz-González for further information. Applications from students from under-represented backgrounds are encouraged. Also, the members of our CNST Student and Faculty Advisory boards, and previous awardees, are available to offer guidance as needed. For more information and to apply, visit the CNST website. Also check out the CNST weekly seminar series.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn MS1 students in the CNST program are eligible.
Application Deadline: December 16, 2020

Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons (CNS) - Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research

The CNS/CSNS Medical Student Socioeconomic Fellowship supports a medical student conducting research on a socioeconomic issue impacting neurosurgical practice. The fellowship is open to all medical students in the United States and Canada. The fellow will spend 8 to 10 weeks conducting supervised research on a socioeconomic topic of importance to neurosurgery. For more information, visit the CNS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) - Student Research Award

This program offers financial support for students to spend time performing research on topics relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), or Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, for a minimum of 10 weeks. For more information and to apply, visit the CCFA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 15, annually

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) - Student Traineeships

These awards are offered to students in or about to enter a doctoral program (i.e., Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D.). Applicants must work with a faculty sponsor on a research project related to cystic fibrosis, the duration of which should be 10 weeks or more. The traineeship receives a stipend and students may reapply for support for more than one year. For more information or to apply, visit CFF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 31, annually

DART Summer Program at Medical U of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) program offers a summer research fellowship for students interested in learning more about research. The goal of the DART Summer Fellowship Program is to introduce promising students to research, both basic science and clinical in nature, and afford them the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor and his/her investigative team. The summer fellowship is a structured 10-week, mentored program with a stipend of $4,000. A CV/resume and letter of interest are required to apply. For more information and to apply, please visit the DART Summer Program website. (Note: Penn med students with 8-9 weeks are eligible.)

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin - Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Internship

The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is offering an exciting research opportunity for medical students. The Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Intern position provides an opportunity to closely work with leading Dell Medical School orthopaedic faculty on clinical and/or health services delivery research projects over the course of an 8-12 week period. Students will have opportunities to interact with faculty such as Department Chair Dr. Kevin Bozic, Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care Dr. David Ring, and Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Institute Dr. Karl Koenig. Eligible students can apply by sending a one page letter of interest and CV to Lauren Uhler. For more information, visit the summer research website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 18, 2021

Diagnostic Radiology Summer Research Program at Penn

The program is for Penn medical students during the summer between their first and second year. Students will be assigned to a Diagnostic Radiology attending mentor, and will actively participate in a research project for about 6 weeks in the summer. A stipend of $250/week is offered. Students are encouraged to prepare an abstract for a radiology society meeting and to present this abstract, if it is accepted. Students are also encouraged to submit a manuscript for publication. We have a great number of highly successful clinician-scientists in our world-renowned Penn Department of Radiology, who are eager to mentor and work with students. There are numerous ongoing research projects, and we can find a suitable project that matches your interests. For more info and to apply, contact Dr. Scott Simpson.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 (a request for applications will be emailed to students by January 15, 2021)

Duplicate of Pathology Summer Program at CHOP

The Department of Pathology at CHOP is offering 1-2 summer research positions in 2021 with a stipend of $5,000. For more information and to express your interest, contact the relevant faculty member in the Program Announcement.

Penn Reviewed. Only first year Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: No application or deadline - contact the relevant faculty member (listed in Program Announcement)

Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) - Medical Student Research Grant

The EMF/ Society for Academic Emergency Medicine encourages medical students to engage in and to be exposed to emergency medicine research. Emergency Medicine research is broadly defined as scientific investigation designed to furnish new knowledge relevant to emergency medical care. Such investigations may focus on basic science research, clinical research, preventive medicine, epidemiology, cost-containment, and research in emergency medicine teaching and education. For more information and to apply, visit the EMF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 5, 2021

Endocrine Society - Research Experiences for Graduate and Medical Students

The Endocrine Society offers Research Experiences to support promising medical and graduate students who have demonstrated commitment to endocrine research and expressed interest in enhancing their professional development skills. For more information and to apply, visit the Endocrine Society website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 5, 2021

Endourology Society - Summer Student Scholarship

The Endourology Society's scholarship is designed to provide medical students with an interest in Urology with a summer research opportunity, so they may gain exposure to Urology and Endourology. Prior to applying, interested Penn students should correspond with Dr. Justin Ziemba or Dr. Greg Tasian, Penn faculty members in Urology. To apply, visit the Endourology Society website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Fight for Sight - Summer Student Fellowships

Fight for Sight funds basic or clinical research in ophthalmology, vision or related sciences by individuals with limited or no other research funding. For more information and to apply, visit the Fight for Sight website (go to Grants and select Apply in the top right hand corner).

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Foundation for Anesthesia Education & Research (FAER) - Summer Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)'s Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship program supports students for 8 weeks of anesthesia-related research in the summer. For more information and to apply, visit the FAER website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

GAPSA - Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation

The GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation is a program jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost for the expressed purpose of fostering an interdisciplinary graduate and professional environment at the University of Pennsylvania. This highly competitive fellowship strives to promote original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to help the project-leader(s) develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives. There are two types of Fellowships: Academic Year and Summer Fellows. For more info and to apply, visit: GAPSA website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Early April

Glenn / AFAR - Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people. For more information and to apply, visit the AFAR website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Guggenheim Family Neurosurgery Scholarship

The Guggenheims established the Guggenheim Family Neurosurgery Scholarship with the residual estate of their late son, Jean-Pierre, to provide funding for medical students who are interested in pursuing Neurosurgery training through an annual summer research program. For more information and to apply, visit: Guggenheim Scholarship website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS)

The HTRS Student Research Awards is an 8- to 10-week program for medical, PhD, MD/PhD, or PharmD students working on targeted research projects in hemostasis and thrombosis. Proposed projects may be lab-based, clinical or epidemiologic in design. For more information, check out the Program Announcement and visit the HTRS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) - Medical Student Summer Fellowship

The Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is an 8-week program of mentored research designed to introduce students who have completed their first year of medical school to research opportunities in orthopaedic basic science, translational science, and clinical research in orthopaedics. For more information and to apply, visit the HSS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

IMPACT T32 Fellowship Program in Adolescent and Child Psychiatry - University of Pittsburgh

The IMPACT fellowship program is a paid, eight-week, elective summer research opportunity offered each year for up to four medical students. Most students complete the fellowship during the summer between their first and second years of medical school, although other times may be available. Each student is paired with a mentor from our training faculty whose work complements the student’s research interests. Fellows in the program will work on a project that may lead to a scientific presentation and/or a peer-reviewed publishable product. In addition to performing research, fellows also shadow mental health professionals in the clinic.

There is no formal application deadline. Most students submit applications between January and February for the upcoming summer. Application to this program is limited to medical students. We welcome applications from students at the University of Pittsburgh as well as from other schools throughout the United States. For more information and to apply, visit the IMPACT Fellowship Program website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) - GERM

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation and HIV Medicine Association initiative — G.E.R.M. was developed to provide grants to medical students to support a longitudinal mentored clinical learning and/or research project for up to a year, on infectious diseases-related topics including HIV under the mentorship of an IDSA or HIVMA member. This program will replace the IDSA Medical Scholars and HIVMA Medical Students Programs. For general questions regarding Penn opportunities, contact Dr. Keith Hamilton. For more information and to apply, visit the IDSA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 5, 2021

Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) - Summer Internship at Penn

The Penn Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) offers a seven week funded summer internship to Penn MS1 students interested in engaging in translational research. We will select 1-2 qualified candidates each year who will each receive a $3000 stipend. Interested applicants should submit their CV, unofficial medical school transcript, a one-page research proposal and letter of support from their proposed mentor to [email protected] by February 15. For more information, visit the ITMAT MS1 Summer Internship webpage.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Interventional Radiology Summer Scholars Program at Penn

The Penn Interventional Radiology Department takes up to 5 Perelman first year medical students each summer to do clinical research. The schedule is full-time -- generally 8 am – 5 pm for six weeks -- but there is flexibility. The stipend is $250/week. If interested, contact Dr. Scott Trerotola. For more information, check out the Program Announcement.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: January 31, annually

Jeffrey W. Berger Medical Student Research in Ophthalmology Award at Penn

The Jeffrey W. Berger Medical Student Research Award will provide funding for a Penn medical student, who will do at least 3 months of ophthalmology research at Penn. For more information and to apply, visit the Jeffrey Berger website. Please note that applications should be emailed to Dr. Joshua Dunaief as a SINGLE PDF, at [email protected].

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Joseph Woo, MD Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at Penn

The Joseph Woo, M.D. Fellowship’s purpose is to support a fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine to allow medical students to conduct basic, translational, or clinical investigation in cardiovascular disease through direct interaction with faculty, including, but not limited to, a research fellowship during the summer after the first or second year of medical school. Preference for the fellowship will be given to students with an interest in cardiovascular surgery. Award: $2000. For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Michael Acker and Dr. Pavan Atluri.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Lung Transplant Program at Penn

The HUP lung transplant group is seeking a medical student to assist in the completion of a medical record review project. The aim of the project is to understand how the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (EMCO) before transplant impacts the subsequent development of antibodies directed against the donor lungs. Working closely with one of the pulmonary transplant attendings, the student will be responsible for updating a pre-existing database and using that information to finalize a manuscript. Medical record review is anticipated to require between 50-60 hours of time commitment in total. The project would be expected to result in a primary author publication. Please contact Dr. Andrew Courtwright for further information.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Rolling basis

Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) - Gina Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) Gina Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship is for medical students to conduct research on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) through support of basic, clinical, or psychosocial research under the supervision of an established investigator. This fellowship is stipended. For more information and to apply, visit the LFA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Medical Student Health Services and Policy Research Summer Research Fellowship at Penn

The Penn Masters of Science in Health Policy Research in collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics supports research fellowships for Perelman medical students interested in working on a health services or health policy research project during the summer between their first and second years of medical school. The primary intent of the fellowship is to support medical students to work on campus under the sponsorship of a Penn faculty mentor with expertise in health services and policy research. One to three fellowships will be awarded annually in the form of a $1500 monthly stipend for up to two months. If you are interested in the fellowship and have questions, contact Dr. Pete Groeneveld. For more info and to apply, visit the Summer Research Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 5 pm

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) - Medical Student Research Grant

The purpose of the MRF Medical Student Research Grant is to provide opportunities and funding for medical students to engage in short clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the biology and treatment of melanoma. For more information and to apply, visit the MRF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) - Summer Student Fellowship Program

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Summer Student Fellowship Program offers experience in research and clinical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Fellowships are scheduled for an eight week period between June and August. Applicants will apply to work with Memorial Sloan-Kettering physicians from a list of proposed projects. First and second year medical students are eligible to apply. For more information check out the Program Description. To apply, visit the MSKCC website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

NASPGHAN/CDHNF - Medical Student Mentored Summer Research Program

The purpose of the NASPGHAN/CDHNF Program is to develop a program at multiple sites throughout the U.S. and Canada through which medical students can have 10-week research experiences under the mentorship of basic or clinical scientists with a research focus in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, or nutrition. For more information and to apply, visit the NASPGHAN website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) Ctr For Injury Research & Policy - Medical Student Injury Research Training Program

Each summer, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) hosts the National Medical Student Injury Research Training Program. The goal of this program is to provide research training to future physician-investigators while introducing them to the field of injury research and prevention. For more information and to apply, visit the CIRP website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 11, 2021 at 5 pm EST

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) - David E. Rogers Fellowship Program

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) invites applications for the David E. Rogers Fellowship Program from first-year medical students for support of a project executed during the summer between the first and second years of medical school. For more information and to apply, visit the NYAM Rogers website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) - Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology (For New York Area Projects)

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is pleased to announce the competition for The Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology. Competition is open to M.D. candidates attending medical school or conducting research in the greater New York area (New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, or New Jersey). For more information and to apply, visit the NYAM Valentine website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) - Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grants in Cardiovascular Research (For New York Area projects)

The New York Academy of Medicine's Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grants in Cardiovascular Research will be given to M.D. candidates attending medical school or conducting research in the greater New York area (New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, or New Jersey). In some cases projects outside the greater New York area will be considered, however, a mentor must be identified within the greater New York area. For more information and to apply, visit the NYAM Glorney website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) - Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships

The NYAM Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy program provides stipends for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy, and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development, with an emphasis on policy implications. Fellows must be available to work on their projects full-time during business hours in this 10 week period (no exceptions) thus MS1s are not eligible. For more information and to apply, visit the NYAM Mahoney website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: mid-February 2021

NIDDK - Medical Student Research Program In Diabetes (MSRP)

The NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. If you are interested in conducting research at Penn, contact Dr. Raymond Soccio. For more information check out the Program Announcement and to apply, visit the NIDDK MSRP website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Late January

NIH - Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research provides an opportunity to spend a summer at the NIH in Bethesda working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. For more information and to apply, visit the NIH program website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Northwestern - Summer Externship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Northwestern University School of Medicine Summer Externship program is sponsored by the Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Northwestern U Medical School in Chicago. This eight-week program offers a unique and early clinical exposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. Primarily, students will assist in the clinical management of patients admitted to RIC. In addition, students will participate in a research project in a rehabilitation related field. For more information and to apply, visit the Northwestern Externship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

NYU - NIDDK Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP)

NYU School of Medicine invites applications for the summer Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases. This program will provide summer research opportunities to both NYU and non-NYU students who are available to pursue summer research in the New York City area. The grant provides fellowships for students doing basic research with an NYU faculty mentor in diabetes, digestive disorders, and kidney diseases. For more information, check out the Program Overview, (includes proposal and list of mentors/projects) and visit the NYU NIDDK fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline:
- Early decision application is due January 15, 2021
- Regular decision application is due February 15, 2021

OBGYN - Funded Summer Research at Penn

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has established two 8-week research fellowships for University of Pennsylvania medical students during the summer following the first year of medical school. These fellowships provide an exciting opportunity for motivated individuals who are considering a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology to develop skills in research methodology while gaining valuable mentorship within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Two fellowships positions are offered: one focused on health care innovation and the second focused on reproductive research. Following acceptance, the student will be matched with a faculty mentor on a well-established project in the field of focus. To view the list of potential mentors for each fellowship, check out the Program Announcement and to apply, check out the application requirements. Contact Dr. Divya Shah with any questions.

Internally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 18, 2020

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) - Campagna Scholarship in Neurological Surgery

The Campagna Scholarship supports a summer semester of research under the supervision of a neurosurgical mentor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and resident expenses in Portland, OR. Students in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply. While the fellowship guidelines say the program is 10 weeks, we have checked and they will permit Penn students to participate, even though our summer break is closer to 8 weeks. Third year students may also apply as long as they get a letter from the Dean confirming that they can have 10 weeks at OHSU. For more information and to apply, visit the OHSU Campagna website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

Orthopaedics Summer Scholarship at Penn

The Penn Orthopaedics Summer Scholarship (POSS) program provides funding ($1,500 stipend) for two Penn medical students between their MS1 and MS2 years who have identified research opportunities in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn. For more information and to apply, visit the POSS website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Otorhinolaryngology – MS1 Summer Research Fellowship at Penn

The Penn Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery will be offering two full-time eight-week fellowship positions for Penn medical students following the summer of the first year of medical school in the areas of basic, translational, clinical, or quality improvement research. Applicants would be required to submit a brief research proposal in conjunction with a Penn ENT faculty mentor in order to apply. A stipend of $2000 (or $250/week) would be offered to help cover living expenses. Check out the updated list of available research opportunities. Applicants should send inquiries, their CV, and the completed Proposal cosigned by their research mentor to Tiffany Chao, MD.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center

The Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center was formed in January 2017 by Dr. Scott D. Halpern. PAIR Center investigators build on expertise in decision psychology, health informatics, comparative effectiveness research methods, biostatistics, research ethics, and implementation science to develop and test scalable interventions that improve outcomes that are important to seriously ill patients, caretakers, clinicians, health systems, and payers. We collaborate with large healthcare systems and organizations across the country to test interventions in large randomized trials to form a robust evidence base about how best to care for seriously ill patients. Penn medical students, who are interested in conducting research in this area, are encouraged to contact Erich Dress, the PAIR Center Manager of Education and Training, to learn more about potential mentors and projects. For more information, please visit the PAIR website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

Parkinson's Disease Foundation-American Parkinson Disease Association (PDF-APDA) - Summer Student Fellowship

PDF-APDA’s Summer Student Fellowship program supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal is to cultivate students’ early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field. For more information and to apply, visit the PDF-APDA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 11, 2020

Pathology Summer Program at CHOP

The Department of Pathology at CHOP is offering 1-2 summer research positions in 2021 with a stipend of $5,000. For more information and to express your interest, contact the relevant faculty member in the Program Announcement.

Penn Reviewed. Only first year Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: No application or deadline - contact the relevant faculty member (listed in Program Announcement)

Pediatric Cardiology Summer Program at CHOP

The Pediatric Cardiology Summer Program is a 6-8 week program for medical students between their first and second years or for undergraduate premedical or for public health students that can be extended to 10 weeks. There are opportunities for continued research during the academic year for interested individuals. The research student works with a mentor in the Electrophysiology (Arrhythmia) Section of the Pediatric Cardiology Division at CHOP (Dr. Vetter) on a project related to conditions that can result in sudden cardiac arrest in children, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, or associated areas. One to two slots are available. Although this program does not include guaranteed funding at this time, some funding may become available. Interested applicants should send their CV, a personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation (one from current institution) to Dr. Victoria Vetter. For more information on the details of the research projects or other information, contact Dr. Victoria Vetter, Pediatric Cardiology Division, CHOP, 267-425-6603.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 5, 2021

Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (PCEN) Summer Research Scholars Program at CHOP

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (CHOP PCEN) is offering an 8-week program (start and end dates are flexible), which is open to undergraduate, post-graduate, or medical students. Students will work with a mentor on a research project, and will have opportunities for didactic training and clinical shadowing in nephrology. For more information, check out the PCEN announcement. To apply, visit the PCEN application.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 29, 2021

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) - Research Medical Student Grant at other institutions

If you are conducting research at another institution (not Penn): the RSNA Research Medical Student Grant aims to increase the opportunities for medical students to have a research experience in medical imaging and to encourage them to consider academic radiology as an important option for their future. For more information and to apply, visit the RSNA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 3, 2021

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) - Research Medical Student Grant at Penn

The RSNA Research Medical Student Grant aims to make radiology research opportunities possible for medical students and to encourage them, early in their medical careers, to consider academic radiology. Students are expected to complete a 10 week, full-time (or equivalent) research project under the guidance of a scientific advisor in the department of Radiology or Radiation Oncology at Penn. Funding is $3,000 from RSNA and $3,000 from the department of Radiology or Radiation Oncology at Penn for a total stipend of $6,000 for the medical student.

- Students interested in Radiology. This grant requires students to complete a 10 week, full-time (or equivalent) project. This grant mechanism is most appropriate for students who have had some prior experience with Radiology Research and/or are currently working with a faculty member on Radiology-related research. Students doing a Radiology-related Masters In Translational Research (MTR) may consider applying.

If interested in non-MTR related radiology research projects, please contact Dr. Arun Nachiappan.

If interested in MTR- related radiology research projects, please contact Dr. David Mankoff.

- Students interested in Radiation Oncology should contact Dr. Neha Vapiwala, and express interest in applying.

Once you've found a mentor and project, to apply for Radiology and Radiation Oncology grant, contact Beverly Collins and email her the research project and faculty mentor by January 8, 2021.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline (internal): January 8, 2021. Application Deadline (RSNA): February 3, 2021

Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF) - Medical Student Research Preceptorship

The purpose of the preceptorship program is to introduce medical and graduate students to rheumatology‐related health care by supporting a full‐time clinical or research experience in the broad area of rheumatic disease. If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Joan Von Feldt, the Penn faculty member who serves as an advisor for applicants to this fellowship. For more information and to apply, visit the RRF website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship at Penn

The Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship provides opportunities for medical students and undergraduate students in their senior year of college to work full-time for 8-10 weeks during the summer/fall in one of the research laboratories of the Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the University of Pennsylvania. For more information and to apply, visit the Mayock Fellowship website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) - Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology

Through the Roswell Park Summer Research Experience, you will gain either first-hand research or clinical experience by working full-time on an independent clinical or scientific cancer-related research project. For more information and to apply, visit the Roswell Park website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

SCORE Programs for Otolaryngology & Ob/Gyn

SCORE Programs for Otolaryngology & Ob/Gyn at Kaiser Permanente Northern California are offering an 8 week intensive summer opportunity for first year medical students to pursue research and observe clinical care in either Otolaryngology – Head & Neck surgery or Obstetrics & Gynecology. For more information and to apply, visit the Score website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10, 2021

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center - CUPID Program

The Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Oncology Program is an NCI-funded, bi-institutional oncology fellowship with an emphasis on laboratory-based research. The program will be held for seven weeks at two sites: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) and Indiana School of Medicine (Indianapolis, IN). For more information and to apply, visit the CUPID website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 10, 2021

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society - Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program

The Sigma Xi program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. For more information and to apply, visit the Sigma Xi website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 15 and October 1 annually (contact Sigma Xi directly for advice on funding cycles).

Silberstein Pediatric Orthopaedics Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins

The Silberstein Research Fellowship program is for students in the first year of medical school seeking an early start to clinical experience in the orthopaedic field. This is a two-to three-month commitment during the summer. Fellows will work with the pediatric orthopaedic surgery faculty and the Poggi research fellow to bring a project to substantial completion and eventual publication. For more information, visit the Silberstein Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

Society for the History of Navy Medicine (SHNM) - Graduate and Medical Professional Student Research Grant

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine (SHNM) offers an annual grant of up to $1500 for research in the history of naval or maritime medicine. The grant is intended to support work being done by a student enrolled in a program leading to a degree above the baccalaureate level in history, medical history or the medical professions. For more information and to apply, visit the SHNM website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) - Student Research Grants

Each year The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality awards $1,500 to one graduate student member who are doing human sexuality research. For more information and to apply, visit the SSSS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 15, annually

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) - Student Research Fellowship

The Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Student Research Fellowship stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada. The SVS Foundation grants a maximum of eight awards per year. For more information and to apply, visit the SVS website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, annually

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Pediatric Oncology Education Program

The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. For more information and to apply, visit the St. Jude POE website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Strong Children's Research Center (SCRC) - Summer Training Program

Strong Children's Research Center in Rochester, NY, funds a Summer Training Program, which is the ideal opportunity for outstanding medical, graduate and undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career in biomedical or clinical research. Faculty members are either from the Department of Pediatrics or partners who are engaged in research relevant to childhood diseases and developmental biology. For more information and to apply, visit the SCRC website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training (SPORT)

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s SPORT program offers an exciting opportunity for medical students to engage in a 10 week program of mentored research training. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), this program offers medical students the opportunity to conduct basic science or clinical research in the areas of obesity, diabetes, nutrition and related diseases. While the fellowship guidelines say the program is 10 weeks, we have checked and they will permit Penn students to participate, even though our summer break is closer to 8 weeks. For more information and to apply, visit the SPORT website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 3, 2021

SVD for Med Ed/Netter Ctr - Summer Scholarly Experience in Med Ed

The PSOM Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education/Netter Center for Community Partnerships is offering a Summer Scholarly Experience in Medical Education for first year Penn medical students in 2021. For more information, check out the Announcement.

Please note that if this opportunity is of interest, you may also want to review three other MS1 Summer Scholarship Opportunities that were also disseminated to MS1s by email on Feb 15th. Those projects also address Health Equity but are not strictly defined as opportunities for research.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 at noon

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) - CPRTP Summer Research Experience

The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) Summer Research Experience is a paid internship designed to provide research experience and mentoring for undergraduate, graduate and health profession students interested in cancer prevention research. Through our National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded R25E “Cancer Prevention Education: Student Research Experiences” (CA056452) training grant, we created this experience. For more information and to apply, visit the MDACC CPRTP website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 14, 2021

Vanderbilt - Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine invites applications for the summer Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease. This program allows medical students during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year to conduct diabetes and obesity-related research, kidney disease and hypertension-related research, or digestive disease research under the direction of an established scientist. Prior research experience is not required. For more information and to apply, visit the Vanderbilt SRTP Diabetes website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 18, 2021

Vanderbilt - Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Kidney Disease

Vanderbilt School of Medicine invites applications for the Medical Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Kidney Disease. This program provides an opportunity for medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of Kidney Disease during the summer between the first and second year, or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. For more information and to apply, visit the Vanderbilt SRTP Kidney Disease website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 18, 2021

Washington U in St. Louis Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) - Summer Research Program

The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) Summer Research Program offers undergraduate and medical students an excellent introduction to current radiological sciences research. For more information and to apply, visit the MIR website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: March 8, 2021

Weill Cornell Medicine Career Advancement for Research in Health Equity (CARE T37) program

The Career Advancement for Research in Health Equity (CARE T37) program provides eligible post docs, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows exposure to health equity and global health research. Research experiences are tailored to individual interests and may include:

  • Intensive didactic summer program that provides an introduction to healthcare/scientific research fundamentals.
  • Engaging in a mentored health equity or global health research project.

Financial support is provided for the 10 week research experience. Although a 10 consecutive week appointment is required, the start date of that 10 week window is flexible if the trainee prefers to solely pursuing the mentored research experience and not participating in the summer didactic training. For more information and instructions for application submission please visit their website or contact Heather Johnson.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 6, 2021

Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) - Charles S. Houston Grant

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) sponsors a grant which will be awarded to a student of an accredited American or Canadian medical school who submits a project proposal most likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine. For more information and to apply, visit the WMS website.


B.S./M.B.A. Accelerated Degree Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences together with the Graduate School of Management offers an accelerated degree program which allow students to earn their B.S. in Biological Sciences, Physiological Sciences or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a master of business administration (M.B.A.), all within a five-year time period.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two freshman-level survey courses that introduce students to diverse career options in the area of Biological Sciences: BIOL 1004 Biology and the Health Professions is recommended for students considering a career in the health professions, while BIOL 1003 Biology Matters is recommended for students interested in exploring other career opportunities.

With recent changes to the MCAT exam, pre-health majors are advised to take the following courses as part of their undergraduate program: BIOL 3101 Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology , MATH 4740 Biostatistical Methods and Models , PSYC 1001 General Psychology and SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology .


*Information reflects non-pandemic times!

There are many opportunities for planned and unplanned outings and excursion. Summertime in Milwaukee provides many opportunities for entertainment, with an almost continuous program of ethnic festivals, lakefront festivals (such as Summerfest), musical and theatre attractions, and outdoor activities, including sailing on Lake Michigan.

While you will be spending most of your time in the Wehr Life Sciences Building, all work and no play will make you dull and cranky. To prevent that, the Brew City offers a plethora of activities to keep you fresh and alive.

Milwaukee has all the things a big city has to offer (like the arts, major league sports, great restaurants and parks) with fewer of the hassles (like big city prices, crime, pollution and traffic).

Here are just some of the many things you can do in Milwaukee during the summer:

    • Indulge your cultured side at the nearby Milwaukee Art Museum (be sure to ask for the student discount) or check out the world's largest dinosaur skull at the Milwaukee Public Museum, just a few blocks from campus. Visit the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot replica of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin.
    • Hop on your bike and head for Lake Michigan's beaches (they're less than two miles from campus).
    • Hear some great bands at The Rave, Shank Hall, and Jazz in the Park. Or if you want to hear them all in one place, head to Summerfest -- the nation's largest outdoor music festival.
    • Go outside and play. in nearly 15,000 acres of parks including 89 miles of bikeways, 17 municipal golf courses and countless baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts.
    • Catch a Brewers game at the new Miller Park Baseball Stadium, two miles from campus.
    • Savor Milwaukee's more than 1,500 restaurants, from Mexican to Thai, Italian to German, cheeseburgers to Chinese.

    When you're in Milwaukee, you've got the best of both worlds — a big city with a small town feel.


    17: Term Research Project - Biology

    For more details, please contact
    Ph: 044-28271616, Extn: 1350,
    Email: [email protected]

    VIDYASAGAR INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE (VIBS)
    (A unit of Medical Research Foundation)

    Offers

    An intensive SHORT TERM RESEARCH PROJECT PROGRAMME
    in Basic Medical Laboratory Sciences.

    Eligibility Criteria : Applications are invited from final year Post-Graduates in Life Sciences (M.Sc. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Human Genetics (from Arts & Science Colleges), students doing final year B.Tech / M.Tech Biological / Life sciences from Engineering Colleges / Research Institutions.

    Project Detail : It is a short term, intensive research project in various Basic Medical Sciences Departments Biochemistry / Bioinformatics / Cell Biology / Human Genetics & Molecular Biology / Microbiology / Nano Biotechnology / Ocular Pathology / Stem Cell for 3-4 months from January to April every academic year under the Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science (VIBS), a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai.

    Project Duration: 1st January 2021 to 30th April 2021

    Project Course Fees: Rs.15, 000/-

    Rules and Regulations to be strictly adhered by the student while undergoing the short term Research project programmes at VIBS (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation)

    The duly filled in Application through proper channel along with the CV should be sent to the Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology & Science (VIBS), Medical Research Foundation, 41, College Road, Chennai – 600 006 by e.mail on or before 30th November 2020. The selected candidates will be communicated of the same only in the first week of December 2020 individually by e.mail followed by regular post.

    No enquiries will be entertained regarding selection before the official announcement.
    For further details contact [email protected] Phone: 28271616 Extn: 1350.

    The project fee of Rs.15,000/- needs to be paid only after receiving the selection letter from VIBS during the 1st week of December 2020.


    Theoretical Ecology and Evolution Laboratory

    About an year ago, I wrote on the sort of hilarious to irritable emails that I get from students asking to join our lab for short-term positions (see this for the experience of another Indian professor). A few days ago I accidentally discovered that the search phrase that brings maximum number of people to my blog is something like “How to write emails to professors for summer internships” or “write an email for internship to professor”. This has motivated me to write an advice post for students on how to write summer internship emails/applications.

    Before going on to providing my advice, let me emphasise why it is important to write good emails (which also serve as an application for that position) even for relatively not so significant positions like summer internships. To give my own example, over the past four to five months I have received at least 30 applications asking for various short-term positions. Given the current strength of my lab, I may at the best take only one or two students for the summer (I would like to write another post on costs and benefits of having short-term students, what sorts of projects are likely suitable for them). Note that number of applications may be significantly higher for other professors, depending on their research work, their accomplishments and the how hot or cool their research is (as perceived by students). How will you make sure that your application catches the attention of the professor?

    Your best bet is to write a good email/application (also called cover letter if the position happens to be a more formal one). Based on my experience of last one and a half-years at IISc, most of the emails I receive are of terrible quality, perhaps largely due to the fact that students in India are never taught how to write good cover letters or emails. While I don’t think I can fix that problem, here is my advice to students on writing good cover letters for short-term or summer positions. The broad outline below applies for any position but more formal positions may require additional materials as mentioned in their advertizement.

    1) Salutation: Address the professor by “Dear Prof. Lastname”. You can write “Dr.” instead of “Prof.”.

    I want to mention an important cultural issue that is relevant to any sort of email you write, not just for summer intern applications: Indian students hesitate to address professors or their teachers by their name. It is considered more polite to say “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam”. Some senior professors even in elite research institutions of India may expect the same cultural norm. Given this here is my suggestion:

    (a) If you are writing to anyone in the West (US/Eurore/Australia, etc), it is strongly preferable to address them by their name (Dear Dr. Lastname). If you write “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam”, it is considered a a generic email that could be sent to anyone and may not be taken seriously. Of course, double cross-check the spelling of their name. Its easy to get them wrong and I think Indians (including me) are very careless in that aspect.

    When they respond to you, they usually sign of the email with some name which is either their first name or nick name. It is usually okay to write back to them by the name they use to sign the email, without Dr. or Prof, especially if the person is from the US. Given cultural and individual differences that you may or may not be aware of, it may be safer to continue “Dr. Lastname” unless they tell you otherwise. However, a lot of the time, they may even explicitly ask you to address them by their first name or nick name. If so, you should feel free to do so, although it might seem awkward at the beginning since you are not used to it. If you are not comfortable, let me them know and continue to address them by “Dr. Lastname”.

    (b) If you are writing to a professor in India, here too I think it is best to address them by their “Dr. Lastname”. This is surely acceptable in mostt all Indian research institutions.

    (c) If you are writing to a senior faculty in India, I think it may be safer to write “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam”. [deleted in 2020].

    Now, let’s move beyond salutation!

    (2) The first paragraph. Introduce yourself saying your name, where are you studying, which year of which program and your major/minor program, etc. End the paragraph by stating the purpose of your email.

    (3) The second (and may be the third too) paragraph(s): This is crucial. You should write a short “story” to convince why you are interested in the sort of research work that the professor is doing. How did you get to know about their work, any previous reference like I attended your talk at so and so conference, I spoke to you briefly on that corridor, or how you found the website of that professor, read one of his/her paper (that is one of the most convincing ways to demonstrate your interest) and found the work interesting. Do you have past experience in research? Or do you have your own idea? Do mention and explain it briefly (or may be even attach a short write up).

    Of course, the level and quality of the story expected of you will vary depending on whether you are a first year UG student and a final year student, your background (an ecology student writing to ecologist can be expected to write differently compared to a mathematics student writing to get exposure to ecology). But the main point is, is your story compelling? You should present a convincing story of how given your background and interest, the lab you are applying is an appropriate one.

    (5) Logistics: How long do you want the project to be? Tentative dates (note that lot of faculty travel in summer)? Do you have your own funding (Are you any of the KVPY, INSPIRE, IAS fellows)? If not, are you expecting the professor to fund your stay or are you self-funded?

    (5) CV: Attach your updated CV (in pdf, not MS word). And mention that CV has been attached!

    End your email thanking the professor for their time, and that you look forward to their reply.

    (6) Waiting and Reminders: Once the email goes, the best thing to do is to wait. As this article (at the bottom of the page) says, Indian professors are less likely to respond to your emails compared to Western counterparts. So do you remind them about your email? Yes, you can and you should if that lab is of interest to you – but wait for at least a week. After waiting for a week or so you can gently remind your about previous email and ask if they received it, and that you would greatly appreciate their response.

    (7) Strictly AVOID the following (see this satirical note to applicants by Jonathan Eisen):

    (a) Copy paste key words or phrases or worse, entire paragraphs, from their website or their research papers when you talk about research interests.

    (b) Spelling errors of professor’s names when you address them.

    (c) It is extremely irritating to refer to the reputation of the research group or the institute and use that as a reason to apply for any position.

    (d) Write “Dear Sir” (assuming that all faculty are male) or “Dear Sir/Madam” (let the faculty chose their gender!).

    (e) CC’ing or BCC’ing your email to multiple faculty at the same time.


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