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Research Opportunities for Medical Students

Programs for UM SOM Students

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Office of Student Research (OSR) are pleased to offer several programs for our students to conduct research with leading physicians and scientists. These programs may help students fulfill their FRCT Scholarly Project requirements.

The following programs are sponsored by, or in partnership with, UM SOM and are only available to current UM SOM students.

Program for Research Initiated by Students and Mentors (PRISM)

PRISM provides UM SOM students with a paid, 9-week, full-time immersive experience as well as a stipend. Students participate in structured enrichment programming, including interactive seminars led by scientists and physician scientists and learning modules and workshops on key aspects of research and on select research fields.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

Designed to foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers, the Carolyn Kuckein Student Research Fellowship will provide financial support for research to be conducted either full time during a period of 8 to 10 weeks, or part-time over a period of 1 to 2 years.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Summer Fellowship in Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology has multiple paid 10-week research fellowships available for 1st and 2nd year medical students. Students will complete a research project in radiobiology, clinical radiation oncology, or physics, with the goal of securing a publication or national presentation.

MPower University of Maryland Scholars Program for UMB Students

This MPower mentored program matches University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students with top faculty members at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) who have interesting research projects. Entry to the program is highly competitive; accepted students receive a stipend to conduct research at UMCP for ten weeks over the summer.

Research Electives & Extended Research

MSIII and MSIV students can request approval to execute a one- or two-month research elective or an extended research elective. Research electives provide students with the opportunity to engage in new research or dedicate more time to research projects with which they were already engaged.

MD/Masters Dual Degree Programs

We offer specialized training in seven different dual degree programs (and more to come). Several dual degree programs allow students to complete a thesis in clinical research (MD/MS Clinical Research), basic or translational research (MD/MS Cellular & Molecular Biomedical Science), or biomedical engineering-related research (MD/MS in Bioengineering).

Programs for all Medical Students

The following programs are open to both UM SOM medical students and medical students outside the University of Maryland system.

CGE Listing of Global Opportunities

The Center for Global Engagement provides resources for students searching for global health opportunities including a listing of internal and external grants and travel awards. Visit their website for more information. 

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

SPORT offers an intensive 10-week full-time research experience and mentorship to successful applicants as well as a stipend. The purpose of the SPORT program is to inspire passion towards research in diabetes, obesity, and nutrition as well as to provide ongoing career, academic, research and clinical mentoring throughout medical school.