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Medical Student Research Program

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 January 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.

Informational Meeting for 1st Year Students

All first year medical students are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about the 2019 Medical Student Research Program (MSRP). The informational meeting will be on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, in the tiered classroom 5107. Lunch will be served.

Please click here to register for the informational meeting no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Faculty Mentors Needed for the 2019 MSRP

The Medical Student Research Program is seeking faculty to mentor rising 2nd year medical students for an 8½ week summer research experience in 2019. 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.

The role of the faculty mentor includes project supervision and guidance, provision of necessary space, supplies and equipment, and oversight of IRB or IACUC interactions in accordance with the needs of the project. A faculty member may mentor no more than two medical students at the same time.

If you have a research project that would be appropriate for a medical student, please complete this brief survey no later than December 5, 2018.

All submitted projects will be shared with students at the MSRP informational meeting on December 10, 2018. Students will contact faculty to discuss the project and determine mutual interest.

Contact Information

Tom Roth - CTSI, Education Coordinator for MSRP

Timothy Peters, MD - MSRP Director

Anita Pulley, MSN - CTSI, Director of Education