Medical students who have been newly accepted to our medical school have the opportunity to spend their summers 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.  View the mentors and their biosketches below - a description of their current research projects can be found on the research mentor page.

Name  Research Area
Keith Miskimins Cancer
Steven Powell Cancer
Khosrow Rezvani  Cancer
William Spanos Cancer
Jianning Tao Cancer
Doug Martin Cardiovascular
Xuejun Wang Cardiovascular
Victor Huber Immunology
Kameswaran Surendran Kidney
Lance Lee Motile Cilia Disorders
Michelle Baack Neonatal
Brian Burrell Neuroscience
Kevin Francis  Neuroscience
Emily Griese Neuroscience
William Mayhan Neuroscience
Samuel Sathyanesan  Neuroscience
Jill Weimer  Neuroscience
Kristi Egland Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jessica Hanson  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Zhiguang Guo Pediatric diabetes
DenYelle Baete Kenyon Pediatrics
Randolph Faustino Pediatrics
Peter Vitiello  Redox Biology
Paola Vermeer  Surgery
Michael Kareta  Translational

How to Apply

The program is eight weeks long, from May 14 to July 20, and has openings for eight students. Students receive a $5,000 stipend and the hosting lab receives up to $2,000 for supplies.

To apply, students need to choose a research mentor and submit an application to the Medical Student Research Committee. Applications are due April 15.

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For more information contact the Medical Student Research Committee msrp@usd.edu.