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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)
The centerpiece of the OSR’s Summer Research Training Programs, PRISM provides University of Maryland medical students with a 9-week, full-time immersive experience. A stipend is provided to support the student. The program promotes innovative student/mentor research and students gain a realistic understanding of the clinical and biomedical research environments. Students participate in structured enrichment programming, including interactive seminars led by scientists and physician scientists, learning modules and workshops on key aspects of research and on select research fields, and opportunities to interact with students and mentors across various summer research programs. Ultimately, PRISM encourages students to fully engage in their research activities towards the goal of presenting and/or publishing their research when possible. PRISM also encourages students to consider the possibility of careers that include biomedical or clinical research and/or academic medicine.

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 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. All MD/ Masters programs have their own scholarly project, which satisfies the FRCT Scholarly Project Requirement. Additionally, several dual degree programs allow students to complete a thesis in clinical research (MD/Master in Clinical Research), basic or translational research (MD/Master in Cellular & Molecular Biomedical Science), or biomedical engineering-related research (MD/Master 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. The ultimate goal is to prepare participants for placement in competitive residency training programs leading to careers as independent physician scientists.