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Recent announcements

October 5, 2015 - HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program

The HHMI competition system is open for the year-long Medical Fellows Program application. Students are encouraged to consider all HHMI program options.

For more information, please contact:

Melanie Daub, M.B.A.
Program Officer
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4000 Jones Bridge Rd.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-951-6708 (o)
240-497-2314 (f)

Ongoing 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.

Post-Doctoral Research Positions in Otolaryngology - University of Kansas

The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas will be establishing a one-year pre or post-doctoral research position for medical students interested in Otolaryngology. The research fellow will work with the faculty and residents of the department to organize, hypothesize, direct and write clinical research projects. The department has a broad clinical research portfolio that includes robust opportunities in head and neck oncology, otology, rhinology, laryngology, graduate medical education, and health care delivery innovation. For more information see the Announcement (pdf)

Interested applicants should send or email a current CV with 2 letters of reference to:

Samantha Hall
Senior Program Coordinator
Dept. of Otolaryngology - HNS
KU Health System

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 24, 2015. Deadline: January 11, 2016, 2 p.m. ET

Award Notification: March 18, 2016

Acceptance Deadline: March 25, 2016

For 1st Year Students:


Check back in August

 AOA research funding: 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 of each year, see website
2. The final application to the national office must be received by the end of January each year, see website for details

Application Details can be found on website.

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

Sarnoff Fellowship Program - Research Training for Medical Students


The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States, other than the medical school in which they are enrolled.
Fellows are selected on the basis of a national competition. Sarnoff seeks individuals with demonstrated intellectual and academic achievement, as well as leadership ability.
Although applicants may have prior research experience, applications are also encouraged from students without extensive prior research experience. Applicants enrolled in an MD/PhD program will not be eligible for a Sarnoff Fellowship.
Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students. Fourth year medical students are required to submit an official letter from their medical schools granting graduation deferment.
There are no citizenship requirements for application, but those who are not U.S. citizens must have and maintain an appropriate visa. The Foundation will not handle visa matters for applicants.

The Sarnoff Foundation is committed to promoting diversity in the biomedical and scientific community. We strongly encourage applicants from members of underrepresented or historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Stipend and Benefits

Fellowship awardees receive the following benefits:

  • $30,000 stipend
  • Allowances up to $3,500 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory, moving expenses, health insurance.
  •  Financial support to attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
  • Funds (up to $1,350) for travel to present a paper, based on Fellowship research, at two national conferences

Application Schedule and Information

Competitions are held annually. The application deadline for the 2016-17 Sarnoff Fellowship Program is January 6, 2016. The online application for the 2016-17 Sarnoff Fellowship Program will be available in August 2015.
Each applicant must submit the following:

  • One-page personal statement describing scholarly interests and career plans
  • Three-page essay on the applicant's cardiovascular topic of interest
  • Completed application form and signed statement of confidentiality
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Recommendation from the applicant's Sponsor
  • Two additional recommendations
  • Any other material that the applicant determines is appropriate to support the application

    For more information, contact
    Dana Boyd, Executive Director
    Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation
    731 Walker Road, Suite G-2
    Great Falls, VA 22066
    Phone: 703-759-7600
    E-mail: or visit the website 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 2014. To learn more about the program, please visit: New materials updated late summer/early fall.

Application Deadline:
mid-January, see website.

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)