Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Year 1 and 2 Electives
About half of the medical students in the MD Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison participate in summer research between their first and second years.
They can choose from a variety of research projects in basic and clinical sciences, health services, public health and global health under the guidance of faculty hailing from our departments, centers and institutes.
Student researchers receive a stipend, and some receive matching funds from a variety of sources. Students also may participate in a research seminar series, clinical research course, grand rounds, journal clubs and clinical shadowing opportunities. Programs are available through other medical institutions, foundations and associations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Students present their research at an annual forum at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and the dean's office provides travel support for national conference presentations.
Summer Research Project Opportunities at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health
- 2002-08 Summer Research Projects (pdf)
- 2009 Shapiro Summer Research Project List (xls)
- 2010 Shapiro Summer Research Project List (xls)
- 2011 Summer Research Projects are posted on OASIS
- 2012 Cardiovascular Research Center Summer Research Projects (pdf)
Annual Medical Student Research Forum
Shapiro Summer Research Program Information and Applications
- Online Submission Form for Shapiro Summer Research Projects
- 2011 Shapiro Summer Research Program Information for Faculty
Year-Long Research Opportunities
Medical Student Research Honors Program
Second- or third-year medical students may apply to the school's Research Honors Program. Pre-graduation requirements include completing mentored research under the direction of a UW faculty researcher, maintaining a minimum grade point average, completing curricular requirements, participating in research activities and authoring a thesis or published paper.
Third- and fourth-year students may receive credits for certain research electives at UW-Madison or other institutions. See OASIS Notices for submission of required paperwork.
Research Conference Presentation Support
School of Medicine and Public Health students who present their research at professional meetings may apply for conference and travel support. Requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to intended travel.