Student research is a vital component of the educational mission of the College of Medicine. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to explore mentored research during the medical training and to encourage students to consider research as an integral part of their future careers.
Medical students will participate in 8 (to 10) weeks of research between their first and second year, mentored by faculty members in the College of Medicine or other Colleges.
Research projects may include basic science, clinical, translational, public health, medical ethics, and other topics. Students may choose from a list of faculty or may independently find a mentor and project. One full-day training on the first day of the summer break (June 1) is required to begin the summer research.
Form 1 (interest): Please fill out this form if you are interested in summer research.
Form 2 (agreement): Will be sent out by email once you confirm a mentor and a project. Need one paragraph describing the project. Due March 31 (if receiving our stipend) or May 1 (otherwise).
Addiction research summer intern
Funded by NIH “Translational Training in Addiction” T32 Award, this program introduces medical students to translational drug abuse research through an in-depth, “hands on” training experience in a specific area of basic or clinical research, lectures, seminars, and completion of a project under the direction of a mentor. Slots: 4. Contact Dr. Bill Fantegrossi or learn more on the NIDA Addiction T32 website.
More info to be announced.
Slots: to be determined. Contact Dr. Michael Wilson
Summer Clerkship in ENT (ASCENT)
A 4-week program for students who have completed their first year of medical school at the UAMS College of Medicine. This program will be modeled after the M4 ENT elective with clinical rotations and shadowing at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). In addition to clinical ENT experience, students will be paired with an Otolaryngology faculty mentor with whom they will start a research project and learn more about the academic aspect of ENT. Students will be required to give a short presentation on the otolaryngology topic of their choice at the end of the 4-week program. We are taking 3 students each year.
Contact Dr. Deanne King
Slots: 3-4? Contact Dr. David Bumpass
Summer in Surgery
This is a four-week program sponsored by the UAMS Department of Surgery for students to learn more about a career in surgery. Some mentors in Summer in Surgery also conduct research. Contact Dr. Katie Kimbrough or learn more on the Department of Surgery website.
Student Research Day
In March of every year, the College of Medicine hosts a college-wide research day. All summer research participants are expected to present their research during second or third year. https://research.uams.edu/students/research-day/
Students will participate in either poster or 3 MT session. The dates will be announced later.
Requirements for Honors in Research
For details, please download Honors Class of 2023 draft.
With generous support from the Translational Research Institute and College of Medicine, we are able to provide $3,000 stipend for many students for the summer research.
Research Travel Awards
To be determined. To encourage presentation of student research in national and international meetings, travel awards are planned for select students.
The University of North Carolina has a great list of other external opportunities: UNC website
Robert McGehee, Ph.D., Dean of the UAMS Graduate School
Sung Rhee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology