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

I.   Summer Student Research Fellowship    

Designed for medical students with a chosen mentor and project

Program Description

2021 Research Fellowship Application (pdf)

Registration: CLOSED

To identify a possible mentor, you can view prior year's program participants.

II.   Summer Student Research Training   

Designed for medical students who have not identified a mentored project

Program Description

Registration: CLOSED

List of program participants and mentors by year:

2020 Symposium

2019 Symposium

2018 Symposium

2017 Symposium

For questions and concerns please email the Office of Research at