Research at BUSM: A Guide for Medical Students
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.
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).
When Can I Undertake Research?
- Points in the curriculum to undertake research (timeline)
- Medical Student Summer Research Program (summer after first year)
- Year off for research experience
- Third-year Selective (4 weeks)
- Fourth-year elective (up to 8 weeks)
Finding a Project and/or Mentor
Supporting Documents from Required/Optional Sessions for Students Applying to MSSRP:
The following sessions were held for class-of-2022 medical students who will apply for the MSSRP for summer, 2019. Related documents from these sessions are below.
- IACUC/Safety (for basic science research), February 6, 2019. Speakers (from Boston University Animal Science Center): David Cawston, Training Coordinator; Derek Walsh, Operations Manager, Aquatics.
- IRB/Human Data (for clinical/human research), February 12, 2019
- How to Write a Research Proposal, February 20, 2019. Speaker: Isabel Dominguez, Ph.D.
- Document from session: How to Write a Research Proposal