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How Do I Get Involved in Research?

TUSOM students have plenty of opportunities available for getting involved in research. The most important step in the process is to connect with a faculty mentor. This page is designed to help you do that! Generally speaking, the best time to focus on a research project is during the summer between your T1 & T2 year, since you have plenty of time to do so. However, you can get involved with research at any time during your medical education. 

If you are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research IN NEW ORLEANS, please check out these funded opportunities:

If you are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research ELSEWHERE, please see "Summer Opportunities" on this page.

If you are a T2 or above, and would like to get involved in research, please see "Basic/Bench Research," "Clinical/Translational Research," "Population/Public Health Research," or "Call for Student Researchers" on this page. 

Basic/Bench Research

Students interested in basic/bench research should contact Dr. Diane Blake for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here.

Clinical/Translational Research

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

Students interested in clinical/translational research should contact Dr. Vivian Fonseca for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here. A list of recommended faculty mentors and their areas of research is also available here. 

DeBakey Scholars Program

Students interested in The DeBakey Scholar Program should contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

Physician Scientist MD/PhD Program

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

More information on this program can be found 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.

If you are interested in completing the MD/MPH program, more information can be found here.

Calls for Student Researchers

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.

(ADDED 11/7/19)

Dear MD and PhD students,


I am pleased to inform you about an exciting opportunity for Tulane students interested in a funded (~$45K) year-out mentored research opportunity to engage in translational research focused on disparities and/or diseases disproportionally represented in the Deep South.


Pre-applications due December 1, 2019Eligibility and application details below

Notification of selection:  January 15, 2020

Proposed Start date:  July 1, 2020


Please do not hesitate to contact me ( or Rachael Ruiz Currier ( if you have questions.

We look forward to receiving your application!



M. “Tonette” Krousel-Wood MD, MSPH

Associate Provost, Senior Associate Dean


Request for Applications

Pre-Doctoral Clinical / Translational Research (CCTS TL1 Program)

1-year, full-time mentored research training experience with stipend


This is a year-long mentored research training program focused on research to address disparities and/or diseases disproportionally represented in the Deep South [Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, PD/PI @ UAB; Marie “Tonette” Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH, Co-Director @ Tulane]. The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) program through Tulane University in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham is currently accepting applications from pre-doctoral students in health profession programs for open positions with a July 1, 2020 start date. Trainees will be required to actively engage in the mentored research experience with the goal of generating publishable data. Skills development will include exposure to relevant epidemiological, statistical, experimental, and quasi-experimental methodologies, analysis of large data sets, health outcomes assessment, and economic evaluation, all with an emphasis on the practical application of outcomes research methodology.


In addition to actively engaging in a 12-month mentored research experience, trainees will:

  • Experience dynamic learning with multi-disciplinary peers of excellence

  • Have access to pool of 30+ experienced mentors

  • Benefit from career-enriching training

  • Gain exposure to epidemiological & statistical methodologies


This one-year fellowship offers:

  • $24,816 NRSA stipend for full-time multidisciplinary mentored research training

  • $1,500 Travel support for ACTS national meeting

  • Up to $16,000 tuition support towards Master’s or Doctoral degree/certificate/coursework

  • Training-related expenses available to support health insurance & research related costs


ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. Eligible applicants will be pre-doctoral students in the CCTS Partner Network that have completed their first two years of their health-related profession program. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to full-time research training.


APPLICATION: The following materials are required:

1. Current CV including GPA and relevant test scores (i.e.: GRE Scores V, Q, Adv and/or MCAT or PCAT Scores)

2. Official letter of good standing from current pre-doctoral program (usually comes from the local Registrar’s office)

3. Letters of recommendation (2), one optimally from a potential mentor

4. Two-page personal statement that addresses a) Research experience to date, b) Reason for interest in translational research experience, c) Goals for research training & career development including degree attainment, d) Project plans for research year, and e) How proposed project addresses health disparities and/or diseases that disproportionately affect the Deep South.


For assistance identifying co-mentors across the CCTS partner network, please contact Rachael Ruiz Currier (contact below).


SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The interested applicant will submit his/her application via email (


Application materials are due by December 1, 2019.


CONTACT: For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements, and the application process, please contact Rachael Ruiz Currier ( or 504-988-1145).



Rachael Ruiz Currier, MPH

Senior Program Coordinator
Office of Public Health & Medical Education
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

1440 Canal St., Ste. 2400, #8301
New Orleans, LA 70112

504.988.1145 (phone)
504.988.5718 (fax)

(ADDED 10/29/19)

Subject: Opportunity for peer-reviewed online publication for medical students on in-Training


Dear student affairs professionals,


in-Training (, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit articles and essays about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication. We are also accepting applications for medical student editors, managing editors and social media managers.


For potential writers:


With an emphasis on humanism in medicine, in-Training  is run entirely by medical students and serves as an outlet for budding physician-journalists and writers at all medical schools around the globe. We seek articles on any topic relevant to the medical student community, including reflections, opinions, policy, research, poetry and art. Please fill out our interest form at if you are interested in contributing.


For potential editors:


in-Training is looking for medical student editors to join our Editorial Board, as well as supervising managing editors. If you are interested in editing and working with a dynamic staff to produce in-Training, please contact us at


For social media managers:


If you have experience with social media and are interested in working with the in-Training team, please contact us at


Since we went online in July 2012, we have published over 1,300 articles from 500 writers at 150 institutions in 15 countries. in-Training has been featured on NPR, USA Today, and Scientific American. We are also winners in the 2014 and 2015 Web Health Awards.


We invite students and faculty to visit in-Training  at and subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter at

Please fill out our interest form at or contact us at if you are interested in writing or editing for in-Training.



Emma Martin and James Lee

Editors-in-Chief of in-Training.



Emma Elizabeth Martin
University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
MD Candidate, Class of 2020
Northwestern University, Class of 2015


(ADDED 10/11/19)

Dear Colleagues,


Sharing a wonderful opportunity for your medical students sponsored by our nationally acclaimed Wolfson DOCS program. Please read below and circulate as you see fit.

Have a great day,



The Community Health Leadership Conference (CHLC) hosted by the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is rapidly approaching for the 2019-2020 academic year. The conference will be held December 13 through December 14, 2019 in the pleasant “winter” of Miami, FL.


CHLC aims to enhance the community health initiatives of our nation’s medical schools through collaboration and discussion. Student leaders are invited to present their successes and challenges in community health pr​ojects as well as network with other medical students with similar initiatives. The conference includes oral and poster presentations, addresses from keynote speakers, and collaborative sessions where students will meet to share ideas and discuss ways to improve community service delivery at their own institution. In addition, attendees are invited to attend the DOCS Liberty City Health Fair and have the chance to get a tour of our student-run needle-exchange IDEA Clinic. 


Instructions for submitting an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation and more information regarding the conference can be found here:


The early-bird deadline will be Sunday, October 20th and the early-bird price will be $120. The regular deadline will be Thursday, October 31st and the regular price will be $150. The application can be found here:



If you have any questions about the conference, please email us at


Like us on Facebook at



Your 2019 DOCS Community Health Leadership Conference Team



(UPDATED 9/5/19) All of Us Research Study: Tulane University has been selected to be a site for the All of Us research study. This multi-site, five-year NIH study will recruit a million patients, the largest ever proposed! Students who want to participate will need to complete CITI training, and will receive basic training in research practices and customer service. The role of the the students will be to go to our high volume clinics and remind the clinicians there about it, and also talk to patients in the waiting rooms or help them win the CTU with answering questions they may have about the online video. There will be no opportunity to collaborate on a paper for involvement, but students will be able to add this experience to their CV, highlighting the unique nature of the largest NIH study to date. If you are interested, please contact Roberta McDuffie to arrange for an interview.

Summer Opportunities

  • (ADDED 11/7/19)


Harvard-Longwood Short-Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery (NIH-T35)

[Formerly known as The William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship]

Student Summer Research Fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Available May 15th, 2020

Deadline for Application January 15th, 2020

The goal of this medical student fellowship sponsored by the NIH is to encourage the movement of technical innovation and relevant clinical findings from the laboratory to the vascular surgical community. The practice of medicine and the treatment of vascular disease become more and more challenging with each passing day. It is the hope of this fellowship that those who pursue this field will contribute to the advancement of medical care.

Eight medical student research fellowships are available for 8-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. Trainees will pursue a program of intense research activity. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.

Students will carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor selected from renowned vascular and engineering researchers based at three Harvard Medical School hospitals including the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital, or Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Selection of trainees is based on candidates’ demonstrated ability. Applicants should be medical students who have completed at least one year of study at an LCME or DO accredited school at the time of matriculation into the program. Students have to commit to at least 8 weeks (no more than 12 weeks) of training and an additional one week at the start of the program for orientation and fellowship processing (total 9-13 weeks). According to NIH requirements, students have to be US citizens or US Permanent Residents (green card holder). Selection is based on merit only, without bias to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, or ethnic origin.

SUPPORT:  Stipend is based on NIH guidelines for undergraduate students dependent on the length of the fellowship.

Additional program information is available at:

Interested applicants are required to email the following to Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, MBA ( by Jan 15, 2020; 11:59PM:

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, MBA
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Research North Bldg              
99 Brookline Ave. Research North Bldg. Room#RN-359         
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-667-0097

1) Application available at: 2) Personal Statement: Not more 500 words, single-spaced, 11-point font, with header and footer indicating your name and page number (Page X of Y). (Email the Personal Statement to Dr. Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk).   3) Curriculum vitae: Please add header and footer indicating your name and page number (Page X of Y). (Email the CV to Dr. Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk).   4) Dean/Advisor or Program Director’s letter with your MCAT scores and to confirm your good standing in your medical school (Email to Dr. Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk ).  5) Two letters of recommendation (Dean’s letter is not considered letter of recommendation) (Email to Dr. Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk).
Student Program Director                                                                                    Student Program Director
Frank W. LoGerfo, MD                                                                                          Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, MBA
Distinguished William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery                            Assistant Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School                                                                                       Harvard Medical School

  • (ADDED 11/1/19) 



    The MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is pleased to announce that the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) applications will be open on Monday, November 18. 2019.


    CDI founded the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) in 1992 to inspire URM students to consider careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. Since SRTP was founded, more than 330 students have participated in the program. As a result of our commitment to mentorship and career development, SRTP received the 2017 HMS Award for Program Excellence in Mentoring. From June to August 2017, 20 college and medical school students came to Mass General to conduct novel research with MGH faculty preceptors in basic science labs, clinical research sites, health policy, and health services settings in 13 departments. Assignments were carefully considered and made with each student’s research and career interests in mind. Students were exposed to group mentorship, career workshops, research seminars, and networking and social events with the CDI community. The program culminated with presentations to the MGH research community, where students received feedback and evaluations from a panel of research faculty. Each year, several students continue working in their SRTP research sites beyond the summer and publish their work. Participants have stated that the program added tangible value to their subsequent training and career decision making, including a marked impact on their decision to pursue careers in an academic medical setting.


    SRTP is a mandatory eight-week program, running from the beginning of June to the first week of August. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to: 


    · Attend a full-day orientation on the first date of the program.

    · Prepare an abstract of the research project

    · Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the end of the program

    · Attend mandatory weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions

    · Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g., vaccination) 


    Once accepted, SRTP provides financial support and mentorship during the eight-week program, like:


    · Housing near Harvard Medical School (no cost to the student)

    · $5,000 living stipend for food and other necessities

    · Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)

    · Meals provided at all didactic sessions


    More detail information can be found in the attached brochure or visiting our SRTP website: 


    If you have any questions, please email us at



    The CDI Team

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
Funding Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
  • (ADDED 10/18/19) Each year, the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry offers the Karl Jaspers Award for the best paper on a topic in philosophy and psychiatry authored by a student or trainee. The announcement for the 2020 award is attached.
  • The Warren R. Bourgeois, III, MD and Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, MD Student Research Endowed Fund is a generous endowment which provides support each year to one or two first year medical students for a summer research experience in the Department of Physiology. The donation provides, but is not limited to, stipends, grants, and assistance with conference attendance, travel and other expenses related to the recipients’ research experience. This research experience for medical students brings to the student a potential dual career in research as well as medicine. It reveals to the student they can be involved both in the healing of a patient and in the process of finding cures. For more information, please contact Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, SL-8639, 504.988.5251.

  • The DeBakey Scholars Program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. Limited summer funding is available for projects and students who qualify. More information on this program can be found here.

Many professional societies provide competitive grant funding for research. The links below should take you directly to the grant pages for the societies listed:

A helpful resource when writing grant applications is the "How to Apply" guide by the NIH. You can link into this resource here

Publication and Presentation Information

Wondering where you can present your research? Click on our calendar of professional conferences to see when a relevant conference may be happening! (Links to conference information are provided.)

Additionally, see our Student Publication Venue guide for inspiration on where to publish.