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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 Series moves to October 2022

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 Series


October 12
recording available in LEO and here

Introduction to 2023 Summer Opportunities Presentation

PDF of 2023 Summer Opportunities presentation

October 12
recording available in LEO and here

RIRC Research Nuts and Bolts Recorded Presentation

October 19
recording available on Medical Student Grand Rounds webpage and here


Medical Student Grand Rounds Keynote Speaker
Emery Lu, 2nd year Medical Student
Being an Advocate for LGBTQ+ Patients as a Medical Student

October 19

Research and Service Symposium Poster Session
2022 Program Guide (includes links to recorded presentations, abstracts, and posters)

October 26

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

November 16

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.

2022 Poster templates:

2022 Poster Presentation Guidelines and Kaltura Instructions

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

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

Abstracts must be submitted online before August 28, 2022, 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 September 25th, 11:59pm via Kaltura.  Utilize Kaltura Capture Instructions to upload and record presentations.

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