Summer Research Program

A Summer Research Program is available to medical students in their first and second years at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  The objectives of this program are to provide a valuable experience for highly motivated and talented medical students to participate in a research project; to acquaint students with scientific methodology; to enhance their analytic and laboratory skills, as well as their presentation and writing skills.  The program provides an atmosphere that encourages and facilitates student interactions with a diverse group of established investigators and clinicians.  The rationale for the program is that exposure to a superior research environment will ultimately result in better and more able physicians.  It also opens the possibility for students to consider pursuing biomedical, clinical and/or translational research as physician-scientists dedicated to enhancing healthcare.  Under the guidance of faculty, students conduct short-term (8-week) research projects in areas of basic, translational or clinical investigation.  Students will attend a core curriculum consisting of weekly lectures on broad topics in medical research and career advice.  They will complete a poster describing their research to be presented at a research forum at the conclusion of the summer program.  After successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of accomplishment. 


There are two options available to participate:


Summer Student Research Training (Click here)

Designed for medical students who have not identified a mentored project


Summer Student Research Fellowship (Click here)

Designed for medical students with a chosen mentor and project


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