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Summer Research Fellowship

The Office of Research at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine coordinates a summer research program with the objective of supporting students in full-time mentored research under the direction of a member of the faculty. Students who are currently first-year medical students are encouraged to apply. The application should be prepared by both the applicant and his or her sponsor. A faculty sponsor must sign the application to indicate a commitment to providing guidance, facilities and supplies, as well as acceptance of responsibility for the quality of the student's research experience.

Campus and Community

MU, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system, is home to more than 33,000 students (7,800 in graduate and professional programs) and 1,900 faculty. MU is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. Membership recognizes excellence in teaching and research and includes only the nation's leading research institutions. MU also is designated as comprehensive doctoral in medicine and veterinary medicine by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Columbia, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, is a growing community with a population of more than 108,000. Columbia offers most of the benefits of large cities (restaurants, museums, theaters, music, and a variety of religious institutions) and yet maintains the atmosphere and convenience of a diverse college town. There are numerous trails for walking, running, and biking, and a variety of city and state parks nearby.


The School of Medicine Summer Fellowship Program is coordinated by the Research Council and the research deans of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Fellowships are subject to the availability of funds and are awarded following review by the research deans and Research Council. Previous research experience is not required. Students who are currently first-year medical students are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

A list of faculty members who have submitted projects is available on the MU School of Medicine website. Interested students should contact the faculty members directly in order to discuss in detail the specifics of the project, their particular qualifications and any specific arrangements regarding the scheduling of the project. If the student and sponsor agree that participation in the project would be mutually beneficial, an application for a School of Medicine Summer Fellowship should be jointly completed by the student and the sponsor. It is suggested that discussions with prospective sponsors and submission of applications take place as promptly as possible.

Complete, print and submit the application as soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 27, 2017, to: Christy Old in the Office of Medical Education, MA213. A cover sheet must accompany each application. (Even if you apply for more than one summer fellowship, include only one cover sheet ranking all applicable programs.) Questions can be directed to Debbie Taylor at, (573) 884-0042.

Students and their sponsors will be notified of the results of their application by March 17, 2017.

Educational Programming

Applications will be reviewed for merit by the School of Medicine Research Council. Selected students should expect to spend eight weeks of research working full time on their projects with their faculty sponsor. The planned starting and ending dates of the project should be indicated on the application form. Stipends of $2,100 will be paid. At the end of the project, the student and sponsor will be responsible for submitting reports summarizing the scientific and educational progress made with fellowship support. Fellowship recipients are required to present their work at the School of Medicine's Annual Research Day, which is typically held in November.

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