Research at BUSM: A Guide for Medical Students

Two scientists working in a research laboratory

This guide provides guidance to B.U. medical students who are interested in undertaking research while at BUSM. Each student must consider career goals, academic interests, and time available in the curriculum when planning his/her pathway to undertaking successful research experiences.

Class of 2023 Medical Students: Application Process for Medical Student Summer Research Program (summer 2020)

All Medical Students: General Guidelines for Research

When Can I Undertake Research? 

Considerations for Students:

  • Student research can be extracurricular or a credit-bearing
  • Students may be paid or un-paid for their research.
  • There are short-term opportunities (e.g., Medical Student Summer Research Program) or long-term  opportunities (a year off from the curriculum to engage in research). 

Finding a Project and/or Mentor



Medical Student Research Symposium