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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Research funding opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for medical students to receive funding for 3, 6 or 12-month research projects. Click on any of the boxes below to find out more information.

 AOA research funding: 2013 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships:

The opportunity: Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks, 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school. The name of the fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

The awards: $5000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on approval by AΩA of a final report of the research. Up to $1000 will be reimbursed for travel to present research results at a national meeting.

Eligibility: First-, second-, and third-year students from schools with active AΩA chapters or associations are eligible. Ph.D.s and candidates for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. are not eligible.

Dates for application:

1. Proposals must be submitted to the councilor before December 31, 2013
2. The final application to the national office must be received no later than midnight January 31, 2014, PST

Application to the councilor:

The councilor and his or her selection committee will choose the proposal judged to be the most promising and with a high probability of completion during the next year. The proposal must include:

1. The completed checklist (see the next page). Checklist may be more than one page.

2. A four-page summary of the research project written by the applicant, single-spaced, in 12-point type with 1-inch margins, as follows: title, hypothesis, rationale, background information, methods and sample size, plan for data analysis, potential significance, role of the student in preparation and execution of the project, an estimate of the number of weeks that the student will devote to the project, and an acronym definition list.

3. The project bibliography.

4. If required for the project, proof of IRB or IACUC approval or submission for approval.

5. The student’s CV.

6. A letter of support from the mentor/research supervisor indicating his or her commitment of time and interest to the project and student.

7. The mentor/research supervisor’s biographical sketch (3-4 pages). Do not send the mentor's complete CV.

Application to the national office:

The proposal selected by the councilor’s selection committee must be sent to the national office by e-mail as PDF(s), and must include, in addition to the items included in the submission to the councilor:

8. A letter of endorsement from the AΩA councilor.

9. A dean’s endorsement that should comment upon the student’s achievements and potential and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.

All materials must be submitted as either a single PDF or a set of PDFs in the format listed on the checklist; incomplete applications will be rejected.

E-mail the application to Debbie Lancaster at by midnight January 31, 2014, PST.

The review process: A committee of physician scientists and AΩA’s Board of Directors will evaluate each proposal. Additional information or clarification may be requested.

Date of award announcement: On or about
April 15, 2014.

Other important information:

1. Approval of clinical or animal projects by the local medical center IRB or IACUC will be necessary before accepted applications can be funded.

2. No later than June 30, 2015, the student must submit a report of the research to the Menlo Park office, detailing methods, results and discussion, and an abstract of fewer than 300 words that may be published on the AΩA web site if not already published. Any publication of the AΩA-supported research project must contain the following acknowledgment: Supported in part by an Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

More information: Contact Debbie Lancaster at
(650) 329-0291 or .

This notice and checklist may be found on AΩA’s web site:
To download an applicatioin, please click here.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Programs:

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical Students at U.S. Schools In order to
encourage more medical students to pursue academic and research careers, the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding "year-out" and
summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the
U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to
apply.Students enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs are not eligible to apply.

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and
veterinary students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year
conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any
school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the
NIH in Bethesda, MD. HHMI will award 66 fellowships in 2013. For more information please click here.


Online App Available: August 26, 2013. Deadline: January 11, 2014

Award Notification: March 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm ET

Acceptance Deadline: March 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm, ET

For 1st Year Students:

HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program will support up to 20 students working in HHMI laboratories (with HHMI investigators, early career scientists or at the Janelia Farm Research Campus), for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks (10 weeks preferred).  


Online App Available: November 1, 2013.  Deadline: February 15, 2014

Award Notification: March 17, 2014

Acceptance Deadline: March 28, 2014

Research Opportunity in Basic and Translational Neuroscience/Stem Cell Research

The focus of the laboratory of Dr. Wenbin Deng has been on investigating (1) pluripotent stem cells and their differentiation towards neural lineages for regenerative medicine; and (2) molecular mechanisms of neuronal and glial cell death, with an emphasis on excitotoxic, oxidative and inflammatory forms of injury to the nervous system. We are working on novel methods of cellular reprogramming, stem cell derivation and differentiation, disease-specific cells from induced pluripotent stem cells to model human diseases and find new therapeutics. We are seeking individuals who are interested in reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells, characterizing cell lineages and precursor populations and identifying factors that influence growth/expansion of neural/glial lineage cells, developing genetic/chemical platforms to reprogram cells and to control cell differentiation and to achieve directed differentiation of stem cells. Trainees will be given opportunities to independently design and execute incisive experiments and interpret results, and to author papers in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in areas of relevance to the research. The candidates should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a strong passion and commitment to science, and will also work closely with the Principal Investigator to help supervise and train students and assistants and to ensure smooth functioning of an active research laboratory. Interested individuals are welcome to email Dr. Wenbin Deng at

American Federation For Aging Research - New grant opportunity for medical students

About the Program:
The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established in order to attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research. The program is designed to give students enrolled in M.D., Ph.D., or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. Up to ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2013. To learn more about the program, please visit: New materials updated late summer/early fall.

Application Deadline:
January 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  or 212-703-9977.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Project Title: :
Chronic Anemia Post Gastric Bypass Surgey: Mimicking Myelodysplatic Syndrome: More than just Iron and Copper Deficiency

Primary Investigator:
Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D./Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Please contact Dr. Chen at

Resident/Medical Student Opportunity for participation:
Collecting and analyzing the clinical data.

Please refer to the announcement below for more information:
Research Project List (pdf)

USP Summer Internship Program

We are pleased to inform you about USP's internship opportunity for students interested in public health or USP's standard-setting activities. The USP Summer Internship Program offers students of chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and related science disciplines the fulfilling opportunity to spend 12 weeks at USP working on a defined project that expands and enhances USP's core strategic initiatives. Please see below for a program overview and visit the USP website to apply and for more details:

Duration: 12 weeks, 37.5 hour work week

Location: U.S. Pharmacopeia Headquarters (Rockville, MD) >

Dates: Check in December for 2014 internships.

Compensation: Participants receive an hourly rate for each hour worked. Interns are responsible for travel, housing, and living expenses.

Application Deadline: Check in December for 2014 internships.

The program provides interns with the opportunity to

  • enhance appreciation and understanding of USP's activities in standards-setting, core compendial activities, and global public health
  • advance scientific and/or practice knowledge
  • contribute to USP's research and standards knowledge base in a tangible way

Eligibility and Requirements
Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors and graduate students majoring in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or pharmacy are eligible. In addition, graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences are also eligible. You must have completed basic chemistry courses, including quantitative chemical analysis. International students must possess the appropriate visa. Applicants must exhibit self-motivation and independent work habits, excellent oral and written communication skills, computer competence, and ability to apply their education and experience.

Please contact USP staff member OnaLee Dougherty< if you have any further questions.

2013 American Brain Tumor Association (A.B.T.A.) Research Funding Opportunities

The A.B.T.A. is Accepting Applications for the Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program for Summer 2013.
Please note an important change to the 2013 American Brain Tumor Association (A.B.TA.) Research Funding Program’s Application Process. The process of applying for the 2013 A.B.T.A. Medical Student Summer Fellowship has transitioned to a web-based grant application portal. Applications for A.B.T.A. awards must be completed online at

Application Deadline: The submission deadline, including all supporting documents and letters, is:  

The Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 stipend grants to current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors. The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. To access the 2013 A.B.T.A. Medical Student Summer Fellowship Application Guide, click here.
Information about the sponsor's role and the administration of the award can be found here.

Answers to commonly asked questions about ABTA awards are available here: The 2013 FAQ. If you have any other questions, e-mail us at

American Brain Tumor Association
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 866-659-1030
Fax: 773-577-8738

Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The Society's Physician-Scientist Career Development Award is a new opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a yearlong laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an American Society of Hematology (ASH) member.

Through this award, recipients will be granted $42,000 to cover their living expenses ($28,000), research allowance and supplies ($5,500), insurance and educational expenses ($5,500), as well as attendance at an ASH annual meeting ($3,000).

The award is for a one-year period, generally July 1 through June 30. Up to five awards will be granted per year. Awards will be paid directly to the participating institution of the mentor, not to the mentor or the recipient. Indirect costs (i.e., facilities and administration costs) will not be covered by this award.

Go to for more information.

Ted Wun, M.D.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Project Title: :
Chronic Anemia Post Gastric Bypass Surgey: Mimicking Myelodysplatic Syndrome: More than just Iron and Copper Deficiency

Primary Investigator:
Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D./Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Please contact Dr. Chen at

Resident/Medical Student Opportunity for participation:
Collecting and analyzing the clinical data.

Please refer to the announcement below for more information:
Research Project List (pdf)