Medical Student Summer Research Program

The MSSRP provides mentored research experiences for first-year B.U. medical students under the direction of a BUMC faculty member during the summer between the student’s first and second year of medical school. Students work full-time on their projects for 7 or 10 weeks in a variety of Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) departments including Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology. Scholarships are awarded to each student in the amount of $2,400 or $5,170 (see below).

There are two types of scholarships:

Seven-week Scholarships

  • There are up to 35 seven-week scholarships awarded per year.
  • Each stipend is $2,400.
  • Requires at least 7 weeks of full-time (40 hrs/week) work.

Ten-week National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (HLB) Scholarships

  • There are 12 HLB scholarships awarded per year.
  • Each stipend is $5,170 plus student conference travel ($1,400) and mentor/lab support ($875).
  • Requires at least 10 weeks of full-time (40 hrs/week) work.
  • Requires projects be conducted with a BUMC faculty member in disciplines of heart, lung and/or blood diseases.

In order to receive either scholarship listed above, students must be in good academic standing and eligible for promotion to the second year.

Goals of MSSRP

The overall goals of the MSSRP are to:

  • Identify and recruit motivated first-year Boston University medical students to participate in mentored research projects;
  • Introduce/enhance medical students’ understanding of basic science and/or clinical research principles;
  • Provide a strong foundation in the ethical conduct of research;
  • Strengthen skills in critical evaluation of data and reinforce the concept of evidence-based medicine;
  • Broaden medical students knowledge of the role and relevance of research to clinical medicine; and
  • Facilitate the development of faculty-student mentorship and student professionalism.

Application (summer 2020)

Time Commitment 

Class-of-2023 summer break is May 16 – July 12, 2020 (8 weeks in total). Class-of-2023 second-year classes begin July 13, 2020.

  • Seven-week scholarships require at least 7 weeks of full-time (40 hrs/week) work May 16 – July 12, 2020
  • Ten-week HLB scholarships require at least 10 weeks of full-time (40 hrs/week) work. 7 of the 10 weeks will take place May 16 – July 12, 2020; the remaining 3 weeks will be agreed upon by the mentor and the student. All hours must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Deadlines and Due Dates for MSSRP/HLB Applications                 

  • Statement of Intent due: February 21, 2020
  • MSSRP/HLB application due: March 6, 2020
  • Student applicants will be informed by the review committee if clarifications are needed by: March 11, 2020
  • Students will return clarifications to review committee by: March 27, 2020
  • Final funding decisions sent to students by: April 3, 2020

MSSRP/HLB Application (summer 2020)

If you have questions regarding the MSSRP, please contact Ana Gregory.