Medical Student Research Program (MSRP)

The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) is an 8½ week, full-time summer research experience for rising 2nd year Wake Forest School of Medicine students. Selection is through a competitive process. Participants work with a faculty mentor to conduct a small research project in basic, clinical, or community-based research and participate in a research ethics workshop and summer lecture series.


  • A modest stipend is provided in accordance with NIH funding guidelines. The MSRP covers funding for stipends.
  • Students will work on their projects for 40 hours a week for 8½ weeks during the summer between their 1st and 2nd year of school. Attendance is also required at additional didactic and experiential activities related to the responsible conduct of research, protocol submission and approval, scientific communication, and talking with patients about clinical research.
  • All students are required to present their research poster at Medical Student Research Day, held each October.
  • Faculty sponsors, agreeing to supervise the project and provide necessary space, supplies, equipment, and monitoring, serve as mentors for MSRP participants.
  • Faculty interested in serving as mentors will submit brief project descriptions that are shared with all medical students in early December of each year. Students can choose a project from this list or develop an idea of their own.
  • To obtain a research fellowship, the student must submit an application that will be evaluated on the potential quality of the research training experience. Applications will be available early in January of each year. Learn more about MSRP Applicant Resources here. 

Faculty Mentors Needed for the 2020 Medical Student Research Program


The Medical Student Research Program is seeking faculty to mentor rising 2nd year medical students for an 8½ week summer research experience in 2020. We welcome research project ideas covering the spectrum of basic science, clinical, and community research. We are particularly interested in research projects that address the priorities of NIH’s NIDDK, a primary source of funding for this program.


If you have a research project that would be appropriate for a medical student, please complete this brief form no later than December 4, 2019.

2020 Medical Student Research Program Informational Meeting


Students from the class of 2023 are invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, December 9 at 12pm hosted by MSRP Director Dr. Timothy Peters. Learn about funded research opportunities with WFSM faculty during the summer of 2020.


You must register to attend and lunch will be provided. Click here to register no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2019.