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Our students have a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience, and contribute to medical advancements that create a healthier future for everyone. Students can do research for credit, for pay (such as through grant stipends), or as a volunteer.

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Grants, fellowships, and summer programs

Supports medical students interested in research through summer programs, stipends, guidance, seminars, and more.

Research electives for credit

Electives in years three and four for participating in research in a wide range of specialties or interdisciplinary medicine.

Student Research Opportunities

Grants, fellowships, and programs

The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) awards Medical Student Research Grants to encourage an intensive research experience.

  • $4,000 grants to third- and fourth-year medical students who wish to engage in an independent research project for 12 weeks.
  • $3,000 summer research grants to first-year medical students.

This summer program from the Center for Immunology gives medical students an opportunity to pursue infection and immunity research. Awardees will receive a weekly stipend, work under the guidance of a Center of Immunology investigator, participate in weekly discussions, and develop a research poster and presentation of their work.

This program from the Lillehei Heart Institute assigns students to a research laboratory and a mentor from the first week in July through the end of August. Scholars participate in a weekly lecture program focused on career development and present a poster at the annual Cardiovascular Scientific Retreat.

This program provides assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, so they can study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad.

This summer program from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports medical students interested in research. The program offers a weekly stipend, a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly research seminars, and a final presentation of research.

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Research electives for credit

Students may earn up to 12 elective credit weeks in research.

  • Most specialties offer a research-specific clerkship. You can find these clerkships in the course catalog (Example: FMCH 7595 Family Medicine Research).
  • Students may also earn credit for independent research through INMD 7000 & 7001: Interdisciplinary Research I & II.
  • Students may not simultaneously earn academic credit for research, and receive pay for the same research activity. Students who receive a research stipend may not concurrently earn academic credit for that work.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.