Research Opportunities for Medical Students

The College of Medicine supports numerous research opportunities for all medical students.

Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship 
The Office of Student Affairs sponsors the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship program for new and continuing medical students. Information from faculty members willing to sponsor students for the summer is distributed in the spring to eligible students. Opportunities are available in basic science, translational, and public health research programs. Approximately 30 medical students participate in this program each summer.

Medical Student Research Travel Award 
Medical students whose research has been accepted for presentation – poster presentation or oral presentation – at a national conference may apply for a Medical Student Research Travel Award to support the cost of conference attendance. Students may apply for a travel award in any year in which they are presenting at a national conference. A student may receive only one travel award in an academic year.

Clinical and Translational Science Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science provides fellowships in clinical research for professional students. Interested students identify a principal investigator involved in research who will serve as mentor. In addition, students engage in a specific curriculum designed to promote sound clinical research practices. Applications are accepted in January. Initial awards are for one year with the possibility of renewal. Interested students should contact Peter Sawaya, MD, director, Mentored Research Program.  

Medical Student Research Award 

The Medical Student Research Award is given annually to the graduating medical student with outstanding participation in and contribution to the field of research. Recipients of this award have an exemplary record of presentations and publications documenting their hard work and achievements as researchers during their medical school career. Students are nominated by faculty mentors and the recipient is selected by a faculty committee.

Student Research Day and the Groves Memorial Lecture 
Each year selected medical students present the results of their summer fellowship work during Student Research Day, an event sponsored by Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. Participants may have further opportunities to participate in regional and national research convocations. The program also includes the Richard and Monti Sue Groves Memorial Student Research Day Lecture, which is given by a renowned researcher. This annual academic event reinforces UK's role as a nationally-recognized academic research center.

Students whose primary interest is academic medicine may be interested in learning more about the MD/PhD program.

For further information about research opportunities, medical students should contact:
Todd R. CheeverMD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Phone (859) 323-5261

Brian W. AdkinsMD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Phone (859) 323-5261