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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.

MSRP Applicant Resources

All first year students seeking to apply to the Medical Student Research Program should download and read all of the documents available on the MSRP Applicant Resources web page. Medical Center login required!

2019 MSRP Dates & Deadlines

February 18: MSRP Application Deadline (end of day)
March 18: Notification of acceptance into MSRP
May 13: MSRP First Day/Orientation
July 10: Last Day of MSRP
Oct 16: Medical Student Research Day (Keynote & Poster Exhibit)

Contact Information

Tom Roth - CTSI, Education Coordinator for MSRP

Timothy Peters, MD - MSRP Director