RWJMS Medical Students 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.

The program starts the first week in June until the last week in July.  Followed by the Symposium

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