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The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) promotes and supports the engagement of USD medical students in a wide variety of research and scholarly activities, with the recognition that research plays an important role in the field of medicine.

The types of research and scholarly activities that we support include:

  • Basic biomedical research
  • Translational research
  • Clinical studies
  • Epidemiologic studies
  • Educational projects

Research Opportunities

Medical students who have been newly accepted to our medical school have the opportunity to spend their summer as part of research projects. A group of faculty research mentors provide a range of research in which students can participate through the Medical Student Summer Research Program.

Here are abstracts from past years' Summer Research Program projects. Research options can change each year.

Previous MSRP Summer Forum programs

The Scholarship Pathways Program offers three elective tracks:

  • Education: For students with a special interest in academic medicine, teaching and the medical curriculum
  • Research: For students with a special interest in clinical or basic science research
  • Service: For students with a special interest in community service and leadership development

The Child Health Innovative Research Program will provide foundational research training in clinical and biomedical sciences in areas related to children’s health. Students selected will receive a stipend, tuition assistance and the hosting lab will receive funds for supplies. To apply, choose a research mentor and submit an application. Applications are due March 1.

Apply for the Child Health Innovative Research Program


Potential mentors for basic science, translational and clinical research.

View Research Mentors

View Case Reports

Mentors who wish to participate in the MSRP are invited to email us at

Funding Opportunities

The MSRP offers awards to medical students to support both research and travel expenses.

Contact Us

Name Department & Office Contact
Pasquale Manzerra
  • Assistant Dean, Medical Student Affairs
Lee Medicine & Science Hall 246
Laura Rumohr
  • Program Assistant I
Lee Medicine & Science Hall 101