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Medical Student Research Opportunities

Engaging in research as a medical student affords the opportunity to move to the next level of learning.  Apply skills to the discovery of new findings by working with a team of people who share similar interests.

The FSU College of Medicine encourages medical students at all levels to seek research opportunities that will enhance their experiences and develop and refine their scientific and clinical interests. 

FSU Summer Research Fellowships for Medical Students

Summer Research Fellowships are offered to FSU medical students each year working with College of Medicine faculty.  Students and faculty must submit a proposal for their research in the Spring and selected students are awarded a fellowship in the amount of $4,000 to complete their proposed work during the summer months. Students present their work as a poster at the Annual Research Fair the following Spring. First year medical students are encouraged to review faculty research interests and  FSU College of Medicine Department websites to learn about areas of research at FSU CoM.


FSU CoM Summer Research Fellowship Timeline

Download the Summer Research Fellowship Form & Guidelines [pdf] for details. 


The 13th Annual FSU College of Medicine Research Fair will be held on Monday, February 6th, 2017, in the College of Medicine Atrium. For more information about the Research Fair, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Medical student fellowship winners from 2016 will be among those presenting their work.  This event serves as an opportunity for first year medical students to identify research projects of interest for an application for the 2017 Medical Student Research Fellowships. For students looking for research opportunities as part of the CoM 2017 Summer Research Fellowship, please contact Dr. Liz Foster. Summer Research Opportunities 

National Research Fellowships for Medical Students

Many medical schools and institutions offer national and international progams for medical students who are interested in exploring research as part of thier career.  Fellowships and scholarly programs are offered in summers or year-long programs.  Fouth and fiflth year medical students can also participate in research electives.  

Download the Summer Research Fellowship Database [xls]

Our office maintains a database of Summer Research Fellowships for medical students. Click the link above to download and search the database [xls] for programs, details, and deadlines. Check here and the FSU CoM Intranet site for regular updates.

Summer and Year-Long Research Program Highlights
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Medical Research Fellows Program

Summer Medical Fellows Program is  for students interested in exploring research as part of their career. Choose your own mentor and biomedical research project.

  • NIH Biomedical Research Training Programs: Summer Internship Programs (SIP)

Summer Internship Programs (SIP) are for students at various levels (from high school to post-doc) including medical students.

  • Center for Disease Control

The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a 10-12 month program is for 2nd or 3rd year students seeking experience in applied epidemiology and public health.

The CDC also offers a number of different student Internship and Fellowship programs.

This program is intended for medical students to consider a career in academic geriatrics.

Sponsored by the NIH, this program offers wonderful opportunities in areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology or obesity. For students in the summer between their first and second year of medical school.

  • NIH Clinical Center: year-long and elective programs

Medical Research Scholars Program. This NIH program is a “year-long research enrichment” program provides mentored training in basic, clinical or translational research.

Clinical Electives for M3 or M4’s. Contact your regional campus Dean for advice. Apply through VSAS.


Other Resources for Medical Student Research

Here are some suggestions for finding research opportunities.

Institutions like the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School maintain lists of research and clinical opportunities.

Although this article is from 2009, it gives an overview of basic, clinical and translational research for medical students. Clinical and Translational Science Network (CTSciNET) – For Med Students, Research Training Opportunities Abound

Here’s a nice “Student Perspective” from students chosen to participate in the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program.

Other Training Opportunities for Medical Students

A clearinghouse of information for health professionals and students seeking volunteer opportunities with underserved communities. The site is operated by the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Lamar Soutter Library: International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse (IHOC).

This site links to a few opportunities.

The Poster Symposium is a way to share your research with colleagues in Florida.

Legislative Internship Program. Students can gain insight to the legislative process and how it “influences the delivery of health care, and instill in the student an understanding of the importance of participation in organized medicine.”

Contact Information

1st and 2nd Year Students:

Director, Undergraduate and Medical Student Research
College of Medicine, FSU Main Campus
1115 West Call Street
Suite 3180
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4300
Phone: 850-645-2825

3rd and 4th Year Students:

Regional Campus Dean, Orlando
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
FSU College of Medicine, Orlando
250 East Colonial Drive
Suite 200
Orlando, Florida 32801-2203
Phone: 407-835-4103