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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 the fall.

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.

2020 Project List

Download the project list [PDF]

How to Apply

Please note: The deadline to apply for a 2020 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship has passed.

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

Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
2900 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129
   215.991.8202  |     215.843.1766 (Fax)

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