Student Research Opportunities

What Research Opportunities are Available at TUSOM?

Tulane University School of Medicine encourages and supports medical student participation in research and scholarly activities. The Research Network website is designed to assist students in identifying their interests, finding suitable research projects, and matching them with mentors within our research community.

Click here to explore and apply for projects.

See below for basic information related to the different types of research, including the relevant contact person, should you have questions.

Basic/Bench Research

If you are interested in basic/bench research, please click here for a list of faculty engaged in research.

Should you have any questions or need information, please contact Dr. Derek Pociask.

Clinical Research

For students interested in research in one of the core clerkship departments, please contact the individuals listed below:

• Psychiatry: Dr. Erin Stanton

• Pediatrics: Dr. Margee Huntwork

• Family Medicine: Dr. Kiernan Smith or Adam Peltz

• Neurology: Devan Orellana

• Surgery: Dr. Danielle Tatum

• Ob/Gyn: Dr. Chi Dola

• Internal Medicine: Dr. Matthew Burow

If you are seeking other departmental-specific research opportunities, the Specialty Career Websites all have a contact person or instructions on how to get involved listed under "Research."

Clinical/Translational Research

Student must watch the following video prior to seeking a clinical/translational research opportunity

Contact Dr. Vivian Fonseca for more information. 

Medical Education Research

Students interested in medical education research should contact Dr. Guen Rae or Dr. Chayan Chakraborti for more information.

Physician Scientist MD/PhD Program

Students interested in the Ph.D/MD program should contact for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

To see some of the scholarly activities of current PSP students, see here.

Population & Public Health Research

Students interested in population and public health research should contact Dr. Tonette Krousel-Wood for more information.

If you are interested in the MD/MPH program’s research opportunities, more information can be found here

Calls for Student Researchers (both at TUSOM and outside)

This section contains contact information SPECIFICALLY seeking student researchers. If you are a faculty researcher who would like to advertise for a student researcher, please email Dr. Katrina D’Aquin.

The Tulane Research, Innovation, and Creativity Summit (TRICS) will be held Wednesday, April 24th - 25th, at the Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life (LBC) on Tulane's uptown campus. This two-day event will showcase Tulane's research, innovation, scholarship, creativity, and achievements from across the university. It will feature work by students, trainees, faculty, and staff, along with lectures, workshops, and school and unit-specific resource tables. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, April 5, 2024.


  • Multiple schools and disciplines will be awarding prizes for poster presentations. Additionally, two Innovation prizes will be awarded this year. The TRICS Innovation and Societal Impact Award is a $1,000 cash prize for the graduate student, trainee, or faculty poster that best illustrates how their research impacts society. The TRICS Innovation and Technology Development Award is a $1,000 cash prize awarded to the graduate student, trainee, or faculty poster that best addresses how their research could be commercialized through technology development.
  • Any graduate students, undergraduate students, trainees, faculty, and staff across Tulane University can submit an abstract for TRICS here. For more information on TRICS, please visit


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Quoc C. Le, MD, PhD Memorial Award (see flyer)

This yearly award was established by Dr. Alvin Wong in remembrance of his friend and colleague, the late Quoc Cuong Le, MD, PhD (11/21/64—5/1/96). Dr. Le received his BS from Tulane in 1986 and both his MD and PhD from Tulane School of Medicine in 1992.

This award will provide $3,000 in stipend support and $2,500 for lab supplies to a T1 or other Tulane medical student interested in pursuing research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, under the supervision of a departmental faculty member over the summer.

Interested students should review our faculty webpage to see the areas of research that are available here.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter describing your research interests to Mr. Gilbert Estrada at no later than Friday, April 5th, 2024. Applicants will receive an email once a decision has been made by the Award Committee.

This award is limited to registered Tulane medical students and is for Summer 2024.

The recipient(s) will be required to provide a 1-2 page summary of work performed and any results that were achieved. This summary will be shared with our generous donor.