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Summer Research Program Opportunities for Medical Students

Welcome to Summer Research Program Opportunities for Medical Students


Welcome to the VCU School of Medicine Summer Research program! We invite current first year VCU Medical School students to use this as a central resource to:

  • Identify research opportunities
  • Apply online for Dean's Summer Research Fellowship funding

Interested students must register for School of Medicine summer research programs through this website, even if you have independently contacted a research mentor and arranged for a summer position.


Review Summer Research Faculty List [PDF] to identify faculty members conducting research in your areas of interest. Contact the faculty members by email to arrange a meeting.



1.Eligibility and requirements for students and sponsors

a. Students in the School of Medicine may do research with any faculty member in the school but must register through this website.

b. Students who are selected for a Dean's Summer Research Fellowship receive a stipend of $2,500. The number of these fellowships is limited and they are, therefore, very competitive.

c. Fellowships are for a period of two months and are offered between the M1 and M2 years.

d. A faculty member may sponsor only one fellowship-funded student application per year, unless a compelling justification to supervise more than one student is approved by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training.

2. Application procedures

a. Applicants must complete the School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Application form by March 16, 2018.

The applicant’s prospective research mentor must prepare an NIH-style Biosketch and a letter in which the mentor agrees to supervise the research and to be present for at least six weeks of the research period. Instructions for the Biosketch can be found at the following link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm. The applicant must submit the Letter and the Biosketch online via item #6 and #7, respectively,  as part of the School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship Application.

Note: Submission of this online application form certifies that you will not be working another job during the period of time that you will be involved in this research project.

b. Applications will be judged on three criteria: the quality of the mentorship plan (Does the mentor have a history of successful research? Has the mentor made a commitment to the student? Does the mentor have a prior history of mentorship success?), the quality of the applicant (Does the applicant have prior research experience? Does the applicant demonstrate an understanding of and ability to describe the proposed research?) and the quality of the research plan (Is there a clearly stated and testable hypothesis? Is a clear rationale for the project presented with a statement of the research problem, prior research, and gaps in knowledge? Is the project feasible? Will the project provide an educational experience for the student?). Proposals will be evaluated by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training or by a committee appointed by that person. Notification of awards will be made during the month of April 2018.

3. Obligations of the School of Medicine student summer fellow

a. The student will devote full time to the research project throughout the time devoted to the fellowship and will not hold other jobs during this eight (8) week period.

b. The student will submit a poster of their research for presentation at Medical Student Research Day in April of the following year. Not all submitted research summaries are accepted for presentation, but the best presentations are awarded prizes: 1st prize gets $1,000, 2nd $500 and 3rd $250.

c. Any publication resulting from this research should acknowledge support by the School of Medicine.

Questions concerning these fellowships and guidelines may be directed to Ms. Sandra Sorrell, (804) 828-0673, Sandra.Sorrell@vcuhealth.org, Sanger Hall room 1-055D.