Now’s the Time to Plan for a Summer Research Fellowship

The Kansas University School of Medicine has compiled  an extensive list of summer research programs for first-year medical students. These opportunities are based at medical centers and research institutions around the country, and many pay a stipend. If you are accepted for one of these external fellowships, it could qualify for BSOM research elective credit. Contact Mark Willis () to discuss how to do this.

Here are several programs in specialties that are a perennial interest for WSU medical students:

Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships – Summer term support (a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks) for clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology and the social sciences as related to medicine. Up to seven fellowships are awarded annually to students in their first, second or third year. Each will provide $5,000 to the student for support of the proposed research project. For more information and to apply go to:

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Summer Scholarships in Cardiothoracic SurgeryThe American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship program introduces the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students from North American medical institutions. By providing an opportunity to spend 8 weeks during the summer working in an AATS member’s cardiothoracic surgery department, the summer intern scholarship provides medical students with insight into the scientific investigation and study of cardiothoracic surgery. A grant of $2,500 is provided to successful applicants to underwrite their living expenses during the eight weeks of guidance at the selected host institution. Additionally all awardees will receive complimentary registration to the association’s Annual Meeting and postgraduate courses that takes place in May. For more information and to submit an application please visit the AATS website at Application deadline mid January.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Summer Fellowship Program – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers an eight-week summer fellowship research program to medical students interested in the field of oncology and related biomedical research.  The program allows students who have completed their first or second year of medical school the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research mentored by MSKCC faculty sponsors.  Summer fellowship participants receive a $5,500 stipend.  Application deadline is late January.  For additional information, visit  Brochures are also available in 3040E Murphy, School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs.

The Society for Pediatric Research/American Pediatric Society grant – Research opportunity in a pediatric laboratory at a medical school other than KUMC.   The grant will provide a maximum stipend of $5,400 and will enable each student to spend two to three months working 40 hours per week in a research environment.  The application deadline is usually in late January.  Over 300 laboratories and research experiences are available to students.  Website

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