Medical Student Research Programs at UVA

The deadline for matches is April 30, 2019

2019 On-Line Preceptor Form We are no longer accepting MSSRP projects for 2019

2019 On-Line Student Form We are no longer accepting student forms for 2019

Medical Student Summer Research Program 2019

Presentation on the 2019 MSSRP from the December 2018 information session

The Dean’s Office will solicit projects from faculty at the start of the calendar year.  Students should consult the list of proposed MSSRP projects beginning early in 2019 or contact faculty sponsors directly to discuss a specific project in detail.  Students also may approach faculty directly to develop a research project that has not been posted, to be performed under the MSSRP.

The MSSRP provides a summer research opportunity that is open to rising second-year UVA medical students only.  This seven-week, extra-curricular research experience is an important element of a well-rounded medical education.  A wide range of research experiences is available, covering essentially all departments within the medical school.  As many as 94 students have participated in this program annually, gaining important exposure to the excitement, rewards, trials, and tribulations of biomedical research.  Students will receive UVA salaries for the program.  Funding is provided by a combination of faculty grants, departmental funds, individual student awards, and Dean’s Office funds. The MSSRP has several components:

  • Participation in a research project under the guidance of a faculty preceptor.  The research experience is often tailored to the student’s interests and abilities, and can include laboratory, clinical, epidemiological, or theoretical projects.  The program provides an opportunity for students to become immersed in a research project to which they can contribute actively.
  • Presentation of one’s project in an informal breakfast meeting attended by other students and the program director.  These sessions, held in June and July, allow students to discuss their research project with their peers.  (Participants will be asked which one of the available meetings they wish to present at.)
  • Attendance at departmental lectures and workshops over the course of the summer, as required by the preceptor.

  • Required attendance at a one-hour session on Responsible Conduct of Research, which is offered on two dates during the summer.
  • Submission of a final project report.  The written report stimulates students to formulate their thoughts and bring the work to completion.

MSSRP participants (and all other medical students) and SOM faculty are invited to attend and participate in the fall symposium.

On-line forms for faculty projects and student participants are available at the top of this page.  The faculty form should be submitted by the preceptor.  Student forms should be submitted only when student and preceptor have agreed on a “match.”


MSSRP projects via the Center for Global Health

The UVA Center for Global Health has established the CGH/MSSRP Scholar Awards to encourage UVa students to design and carry out interdisciplinary research projects related to global health.  Health is a universal value, and defined broadly.  Environmental health, economic health, mental health and health of communities are all issues which can be approached from a broad range of disciplines including politics, biology, economics or foreign affairs.

The CGH/MSSRP Award is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all departments across grounds at the University.  Prospective scholars are encouraged to work with UVa faculty within established research collaborations or ongoing faculty research; building on the work of a previous scholar is also encouraged.  CGH/MSSRP Awards provide up to $5,000 to cover student travel, living, and project expenses.  Scholars can work with one or more UVa faculty mentors as well as a mentor from the international host site.  A letter of support for the project is requested from one UVa faculty mentor and the on-site, host country mentor. Support in the amount of $1000 is provided for a UVa faculty mentor.  Follow this link for the CGH University Scholar Award application form.  The application deadline is in mid-January.

Summer research projects via the Summer Medical Research Internship program

The SMRI is supported by three training grants from the NIH for short-term research training in Allergy or Infectious Diseases; Cardiovascular, Pulmonary or Hematological Diseases; and Cancer Research. Based on their research interests, trainees who are selected to participate will be matched with one of ~140 mentors in the SOM and will receive a generous stipend of $4870.  The internship requires a 10 week commitment that will begin in late May through early August (exact dates to be decided shortly).  In addition to research, interns in the SMRI program are provided a professional development series designed to help you explore ways in which research can be incorporated into medical careers and a communication workshop, during which you will learn to effectively communicate about science by distilling and tailoring your message for different audiences. SMRI interns will be required to submit a brief final report about their work for NIH reporting purposes and to present a poster at the Medical Student Research Symposium in early November.  Please note that NIH training grants only can support trainees who are US citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents.

If you are interested, please complete the very brief statement of interest at the link below. We ask for a few sentences about your research interests, which we will use to match you with an appropriate research mentor.  If there is a particular faculty member whose research is of interest to you, please indicate their name in your response.  While we will attempt to accommodate your request, we cannot guarantee a position in this program.

In order to participate in this program, students should submit a statement of interest in January. Contact:  Dr. Janet Cross (; 243-9401).

MSSRP projects in medical education research via the Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Fund

The Brodie Medical Education Fund established the Brodie Student Scholar Award to encourage students to consider a medical education research project consistent with Mrs. Brodie’s endowment wishes. These are to support clinical education innovations on behalf of both general and generalist medical education activities. This award is open to medical students during their preclerkship education under the mentorship of a generalist faculty member in Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine or Obstetrics/Gynecology. Potential areas of interest include curriculum innovations, workplace learning projects, or position papers focused upon areas of special concern to general and generalist clinical education locally or nationally. Brodie Awards provide financial support to cover student project costs, living and related travel expenses. A letter of support for the student’s project from their faculty mentor is required in the application process. Further information on the program and how to apply.

MSSRP Calendar 2019

  • Projects must be conducted during the summer between first and second year.  The summer break runs from June 3, 2019 to August 7, 2019.
  • January through April:  Projects are posted here.  Matches must be made no later than April 30.
  • Mid-May:  Student Agreement Form due back to the Office for Research (McKim 3026).
  • June (Thursday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 18 from 7:30-9:00 AM in Pinn Hall 1-4):  Required lecture on responsible conduct of research (students must attend one of these identical presentations; students with overseas projects are exempt from this requirement)
  • June, July (June 19, 20, 24, 26 July 2, 8, 10, 15,  23, 25, 30, 31 in McKim 3023):  Informal breakfast talks (students must present at one session; students with overseas projects are exempt from this requirement).
  • September 30:  Final project report due.
  • Tuesday, November 5:  Fall Research Symposium.

Program contacts

MSSRP director:

David L. Driscoll, PhD, MPH
Assistant Dean for Research
McKim 3027

MSSRP program coordinator (primary contact for the MSSRP):

Joyce Fortune
Office for Research
McKim 3026