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Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

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The Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF) program provides opportunities for 20 first-year medical students enrolled at Drexel University College of Medicine to engage in full-time clinical or basic science research under the direction of a member of the faculty. Previous research experience is helpful but not required.

Selected students should expect to spend six weeks during the summer working full time (minimum of 40 hours per week) on projects with their Drexel University faculty sponsors. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $2,500 and can receive no other University-funded income or outside funding for the same project during this period.

Fellowship recipients are required to attend Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars throughout the summer. Students are also required to present their work at the College of Medicine's annual day of research, Discovery Day, held in October.

Medical student participating in a Summer Research Fellowship at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Whether you are interested in one of the faculty projects listed or another project that is not on the list, contact the Drexel University faculty member directly to discuss the specifics of the project, your qualifications and motivation, and any specific arrangements regarding the scheduling of the project. If the student and sponsor agree that participation in a project would be mutually beneficial, they should jointly complete an application, including a project proposal for a summer research fellowship.

Research completed through the MSSRF program can count as the Year 1 summer program requirement for the Biomedical Research Track of the Medical Scholars Program.

Faculty Mentors

Reminders for faculty mentors:

  • Students will be required to contact the faculty member of interest to discuss and develop the application and specific goals of the project.
  • Part of the process for the student is being able to write a brief description of the project after speaking with their faculty mentor. It is important that the student write their own application and has a solid understanding of their role in the project.
  • Please note that this program will support one student per faculty member. Faculty members are not allowed to have multiple medical students apply for one position

2019 Project List

The 2019 project list is now available.
Download the project list [PDF]

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship:

  Apply using a project from the 2019 project list [PDF]:

  • Email faculty members on the list to set up an appointment.
  • Meet with faculty member to develop a project proposal.
  • Complete the MSSRF application [PDF]. Remind the faculty member that only one medical student should apply for a position in their lab.

  Develop your own project:

  • You must work with a faculty member who has a faculty appointment at Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • If you are interested in developing your own project, be sure to check our list of past faculty mentors [PDF] for suggestions of faculty to contact. We also encourage you to do an independent search of Drexel faculty, read descriptions of faculty research on the website and contact faculty directly.
  • Meet with a faculty member to develop project proposal.
  • Complete the MSSRF application [PDF]. Remind the faculty member that only one medical student should apply for a position in their lab.

Application Deadline

  Monday, February 4, 2019

Please submit completed applications in person or via email no later than Monday, February 4, 2019, to Caitlin Curcio ( in the Office of Student Affairs & Career Advising. Students and their sponsors will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday, February 22, 2019.

Download the 2019 Application [PDF]

Learn about other research opportunities for Drexel medical students

For more details, please contact:
Caitlin (Kaltenbach) Curcio
Assistant Director of Career Advising
Office of Student Affairs & Career Advising
2900 W. Queen Lane, Suite 114J
Philadelphia, PA 19129
  215.843.1766 (Fax)

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