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Medical Student Research 

Research Opportunities

Research, scholarly pursuits, clinical and service experiences are an important aspect of any medical student’s training.

Medical students may conduct scholarly activity at any time during their training. However, the summer after the first year of medical school is an ideal time to engage in these endeavors.

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine maintains a database of current research, scholarly, clinical and service opportunities that students may reference anytime. This includes positions at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's, local programs, and programs nationwide. Listings consist of both summer programs and year-long opportunities and are divided into Internal (UC/CCHMC) Research and External Research. Other resources available to students interested in research and scholarly activity include:

  • Identifying a research mentor provides medical students with additional information on potential faculty mentors based on areas of interest.  Individual faculty pictures can then be highlighted to provide additional details, including contact information.
  • The UC Research Directory allows users to enter keywords or search for UC experts based on last name, grant funding, or type of studies conducted.
  • The Medical Scientist Training Program also maintains a list of UCCOM/CCHMC faculty and their research projects.
  • Medical students may also identify researchers with active research support through NIH Reporter using Cincinnati as the search term in the “City” field. This approach only identifies researchers with active NIH research support and does not include non-US government, foundation, private, or industry-sponsored grants or funding.

Additional information may be found on the Office of Research page including research portfolios for all COM departments.

Fall 2023 Summer Opportunities Series (information updated frequently)

The Summer Opportunities Series includes several events that provide first-year students the chance to identify where their own research and service interests lie. First-year medical students are encouraged to participate in all activities as events have been scheduled to prevent interference with academics.

Fall 2023 Summer Opportunities Series


October 25, 2023
MSB 7051

Introduction to 2024 Summer Opportunities Presentation

PDF of 2023 Summer Opportunities presentation


RIRC Research Nuts and Bolts Presentation

November 1, 2023

Kresge Auditorium or via Zoom

Medical Student Grand Rounds 
2023 Research and Service Symposium Keynote Address
Raghad Kodvawala, M2 and Harsimran Makkad, M2
"Mind Over Matter: An Introduction to Recognizing and Responding to Mental Health Crises"

November 1, 2023

E-level MSB and CARE/Crawley

2023 Research and Service Symposium Poster Session

2022 Program Guide (includes links to recorded presentations, abstracts, and posters)

November 8, 2023
CARE 1120 (space above Health Sciences Library)

Research Mixer sponsored by RIRC
An informal meet-and-greet for enthusiastic first-year medical students and potential mentors.

December 8, 2023
MSB 5051

Summer Opportunities Peer Panel Discussion


Research and Service Symposium Archive

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Research and Service Symposium

The annual Research and Service Symposium is co-sponsored by the Internal Medicine Interest Group and the Office of Student Affairs. It provides an opportunity for second-year medical students to showcase and present their summer research and service experience while allowing first-year medical students and the College of Medicine community to learn about what they have done.

2023 Poster templates

How to Make Scientific Figures Accessible to Readers with Color-Blindness

Abstract Guidelines and Poster Presentation Review Criteria

Abstracts must be submitted online before August 27, 2023, 11:59pm using this link/form. You will be required to include your ORCID number in the abstract submission. 

Posters (PPT not PDF) must be emailed to Diana Mullenix before October 8th, 2023, 11:59pm.

Students Presenting Research in MSB
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Contact Us

Amy Thompson MD
Director of Medical Student Research Initiatives

Medical Sciences Building 4556C
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0526

Diana Mullenix
Program Director

CARE/Crawley Building E870
3290 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0555