Medical Student Summer Research Program

The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) 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).  The MSSRP is administrated by the Enrichment Office  at BUSM. Contact Ana Gregory, Ed.M., Administrative Director, Enrichment Office, BUSM, for more info.

Program Directors:

Scholarship Description

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.
  • Requires student to be a U.S. citizen or green card holder.

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.

Medical Student Research Symposium

The culminating annual event for student researchers is the Medical Student Research Symposium held in January or February following the summer of research.

Application & Requirements for Medical Students