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Office of Student Research

The Office of Student Research (OSR) aims to promote innovation and discovery in science for UMSOM students and trainees. Our goal is to foster student achievement in their scholarly pursuits and is responsible for all research education and research programming for UMSOM medical students, as well as oversee the MD/Masters dual-degree programs. The OSR provides individualized research advising and support to all UMSOM medical students across a diverse array of research opportunities.

In addition, the OSR partners with various community outreach efforts to promote research for pre-identified middle to high-school-aged students and select, eligible undergraduate students to stimulate and foster interest and excitement about careers in medicine and other allied health fields.


Foundational Research Education and Training

Provide all UMSOM medical students with foundational research education and training and prepare them to capitalize on exceptional research experiences (basic, clinical or translational) in the biomedical and behavioral sciences through the Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking (FRCT) course.

The goal of this course is to foster excellence in the development of clinicians, clinical educators, and physician scientists by enhancing intellectual acuity, critical thinking and inquisitiveness. Through individualized scholarly activity, students will explore a topic of interest, gain specific skills, have access to role models in academic medicine and enhance their academic portfolio for future application to competitive residency training programs.

Advising, Nurturing and Mentor

Provide advising, nurturing, mentoring, and opportunities for medical students to enhance their scholarly learning experiences through participation in one or a combination of programs offered and/or supported by the OSR (e.g. PRISM, Research Elective, etc.).

Students who desire an in-depth research learning experience or a research career may choose to consider one of several MD/Masters dual-degree programs offered by UMSOM in combination with or separate from a directed, extended research elective.

Recent Past Events

44th Annual Medical Student Research Day

The two-day MSRD event this year was held on Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16 virtually through Zoom.

  • Congratulations to the student presenters, the faculty awardees for the mentor recognition award, and the student awardees for the student presentation awards! 
  • See Event Highlights for more informatin on the event management team, keynote speaker, plenary student speakers, faculty mentor recognition awardee, and student presentation awardees.

To learn more about the event, visit 2021 MSRD event webpage.


Important Information

PRISM Program Application

Information regarding the 2022 program and application process can be found on the program website.

  • Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 24, 2022
  • Deadline for Application: March 21, 2022

To learn more about the program, visit Program for Research Initiated by Students and Mentors (PRISM).

UM Scholars Program Application

Information regarding the 2022 program and application process can be found on the program website.

  • Deadline for Application: February 8, 2022

To learn more about this program, visit University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (UM Scholars).

Mentor Registration for FRCT Course

Sign up as a Research Mentor for the Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking (FRCT) course. 

Advertising for Student Participants

If you would like to request for advertising support to help recruit UM medical students to serve as participants in medical education research, please visit the Advertise for Student Participants webpage for more information and access the link to the request form.