With more than $200 million in external grant funding, VCU School of Medicine is a bustling hub of scientific and medical innovation. Our faculty engage in basic science, translational and clinical studies across dozens of specialties and subspecialties within academic medicine, and we encourage medical students to take advantage of these diverse research opportunities.

Faculty Mentors

Identifying and connecting with a faculty member to serve as a research mentor can be a daunting task, so we’re here to help. More than 300 School of Medicine faculty are willing and able to involve medical students in their research, and our searchable database will help you find the right fit. 

A few pointers to help you get started:  

  1. Determine what you want to get out of the experience (e.g., enhance chances of matching into a particular specialty, improve skills as a researcher)  
  2. Be specific when contacting a potential mentor, and request an appointment  
  3. Explore researchers’ publications to learn about their work  
  4. Don't be afraid to contact multiple faculty members 

Find a research mentor

Funded Research Programs

Research Student Interest Group

One of many interest groups at the School of Medicine, this student-run organization provides community, camaraderie and support for medical students who want to get involved in research.

Learn how to get involved

Contacts by Department

Other Resources

Students may need specific training or access to facilities and records before initiating a new research project. Researchers at VCU have access to a wealth of resources, and we encourage students to explore them with the support of a faculty mentor.

Animal Care and Use Program

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Core Laboratories

EPIC Access

Human Subjects Research

Laboratory Safety Training