The Scholarship Pathways Program is an elective opportunity that was developed to enrich the student experience by promoting rigorous independent scholarship and scholarly excellence at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. Students develop a mentored project with a focus on medical education, bench/translational research, service, or social science. A wide variety of projects fit into the four broad “pathways”.
Increasingly, residency programs are selecting applicants who have research experience. This program gives students an opportunity to set themselves apart from other applicants. Successful Scholarship Pathways students wear a medallion and receive honorary mention at their graduation.
*Application requires D2L login and is available to students who have begun Medical School.
Students develop a project proposal with the help of a mentor and submit a formal application to the Scholarship Pathways Program in Pillar 1. The program coordinators select a limited number of students per class year to participate based on the merit of the project proposals. Acceptance into the program is a competitive process.
During the program, students complete their project by developing a poster and writing an abstract and manuscript suitable for publication. Students are encouraged to present their findings at a regional, national or international conference. Program participants work in conjunction with their mentor and program coordinators to successfully complete their project.
Scholarship Pathways awards students with tuition reduction and funding for supplies and travel to conferences for presentations.
Scholars' Research Symposium
All students present at the Scholars' Research Symposium in their senior year. Some will be selected to give a podium presentation and receive a financial honorarium.
Faculty & STaff
Scholarship Pathways is an elective program that enriches student experiences through projects related to research, community service or education.