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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 activities.

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine maintains a database of current research, scholarly, clinical and service opportunities that students can refer to at any time. The list includes positions at the University of Cincinnati, other local programs, as well as programs nationwide. Listings include both summer programs and year-long opportunities and are divided into Internal (UC/CCHMC) Research and External Research options. 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 can 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 can be found on the Office of Research page including research portfolios for all COM departments.

Summer Opportunities Week in November

Summer Opportunities Week includes several events that provide first-year students the chance to identify where their own research and service interests lie. First-year medical students hear from program directors, potential mentors, and service program directors highlighting a variety of local research and service opportunities. Later in the week, a peer mentor panel shares information, advice, and details about their own research and service experiences. 

2022 Summer Opportunities Week - check back often for updates

2022 Dates2021 Information


Introduction to Summer Research & Service Opportunities Presentation

The slides and recorded presentation of the Introduction to Summer 2022 Research & Service Opportunities are available here:

Summer Opportunities presentation

Summer Opportunities slides


RIRC Research Nuts and Bolts 2021 Presentation


Medical Student Grand Rounds Keynote Speaker

Julie Reeves, MS4, MS, RD, LD, CSOWM

"The Elephant in the Room - Healthy and Unhealthy Approaches to Obesity."

Recorded Presentation


Research and Service Symposium Poster Review

Live Discussion Dens (Q&A) take place during this time.

Links for pre-recorded presentations and for live Q&A:                         


Summer Opportunities Peer Panel Discussion


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.

Participants should use one of the poster templates below:

2022 Poster Presentation Guidelines and Kaltura Instructions

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

For abstract guidelines and poster judging criteria, see the following:

Abstracts must be submitted online before (DATE TBD) at 11:59pm using this link/form. You will be required to include your ORCID number in the abstract submission. 

Posters (PowerPoint and Audio presentation) must be uploaded before (DATE TBD) at 11:59pm via Kaltura.  Utilize Kaltura Video Capture Instructions to upload and record presentations.

Students Presenting Research in MSB

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