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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. Resources available to students interested in research and scholarly activity to assist in finding a mentor/project:

  • 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 maintains a list of UCCOM/CCHMC faculty and their research projects.
  • The Internal Medicine Research Symposium provides opportunity to view projects and learn of faculty actively mentoring research.
  • The Research & Service Symposium (RSS) provide opportunity to view projects and learn of faculty actively mentoring research. Details for the next RSS are on this page as well as an achive for past symposiums.
  • 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 2024 Summer Opportunities Series

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 2024 Summer Opportunities Series


October 9, 2024
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Kresge Auditorium

Introduction to 2024 Summer Opportunities

November 6, 2024

12:00 - 12:50 PM
Kresge Auditorium/Zoom

Medical Student Grand Rounds
2024 Research and Service Symposium Keynote Address
Ishita Dubey, M3
"Empathy Dissonance: The Dissolution of Empathy in Medical Education and How We Can Prevent It"

November 6, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 PM
MSB & CARE/Crawley E-level

2024 Research and Service Symposium Poster Session

November 13, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 PM
CARE/Crawley 1120

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

December 4, 2024
11:00 AM   - 12:00 PM
Format/Location TBD

Summer Opportunities Peer Panel Discussio

Research and Service Symposium Archive

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Research and Service Symposium Resources

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

Office of Medical Student Research
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