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Medical Student Research Program

The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) is a 9-week, full-time summer research experience for 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 weekly research ethics seminar 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 9 weeks. 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 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 2017.
  • The 2017 program beings on May 22, 2017 and ends on July 21, 2017. Required orientation will be held on May 22, 2017.

2017 MSRP Dates & Deadlines

May 22: Orientation/Start Day of MSRP
June 6: Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
June 14: Talking to Your Patients about Clinical Research
June 21: How to Give a Scientific Presentation
July 19: How to Create and Present Your Research Poster

July 21: Last Day of MSRP
Oct 4: Medical Student Research Day (Keynote & Poster Exhibit)

Contact Information

Tom Roth - CTSI Education Coordinator for MSRP

Anita Pulley, MSN - CTSI Education Director

Timothy Peters, MD - MSRP Director