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About the MSSRP

The College of Medicine sponsors a summer research program allowing medical students from any U.S. medical school to experience laboratory research firsthand. 

Students who have completed their first year of medical school spend up to 9-10 weeks conducting research and analyzing data in the clinical and basic science research laboratories of established faculty investigators.

The program is designed to expose students to the methods and techniques used in biomedical research. 

Students choose a mentor and research project based upon their particular interests. If the student has interest in working with a mentor not listed on the website, the mentor must be pre-approved by the program director prior to applying to the program. To be pre-approved, the mentor’s NIH Biosketch & Trainee List must be submitted for review.  The deadline for pre-approval is 1/14/22. Please forward your request to Sandra Geideman (

To apply, the student submits a research proposal describing the specific project through the CommonApp. UC / non-UC students use the same application site. These are evaluated by a College of Medicine committee and up to 12-15 are chosen for funding. Successful applicants receive a stipend up to $6,459 with an additional supply amount of $500. 

Early in the summer, each awardee presents a 10 minute description of his/her project. In the fall, participants present their final results at the Annual Medical Student Research Forum. Two first-place winners are selected to represent the college at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas, in April of the following year. 

In addition to this program, there are many other opportunities for pursuing summer research.

NIH Acknowledgment

Publications resulting from use of CCTST resources must credit the appropriate CCTST grant by including an NIH Funding Acknowledgment. The MSSRP at the University of Cincinnati is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant T35DK060444. The consent of this website is solely the responsibility of the MSSRP and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Contact Us

Medical Student Summer Research Program
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
240 Albert Sabin Way
Suite S2.500
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Mail Location: 11028
Phone: 513-636-8046
FAX: 513-803-1039