For Students

Although research is not a requirement, many students choose to engage in research during their medical education. Whether they have a strong background in research or have never conducted a study, students have the opportunity to conduct research in the basic sciences, clinical topics, or public health.

Help finding a mentor

If you are interested in joining a research project but aren’t sure where to begin, we can help. The Research Collaboration Hub lists some of the current projects, and Dr. Donohue can meet with you to discuss your interests and help you find the right mentor. To schedule a meeting, please email Becky Hubbard ([email protected]).

James Scholar Program

The James Scholar Program is an honors program designed for outstanding students who wish study one topic in depth during their undergraduate medical education.

Craig Fellowship

The Craig Fellowship is a competitive summer program between the M1 and M2 years during which students can conduct research and receive a stipend.

INI Fellowship/Scholarship

The Illinois Neurological Institute, affiliated with OSF, offers students who are interested in research in Neurology/Neurosurgery financial support through their competitive Fellowship and Scholarship.

Other Summer Opportunities outside the COM

Other programs for students with research component include the Rural Student Physician Program and Innovations in Rural and Global Health.

Student FAQ

This depends on the project and your mentor’s expectations. The time commitment often ranges from 5-10 hours per week, but this can vary. What is most important is that you communicate openly with your mentor about your availability and you decide on a schedule that suits both of you.
All research projects that students conduct require a faculty mentor.
No, it does not. If you are an M1 and are not sure yet what your specialty will be, residency programs will appreciate that you took the initiative to do research, even if the topic is different from your specialty. Once you have decided on a specialization, research in that area is a great way to enhance your training.
UIC offers students the opportunity to take a year between their 3rd and 4th years to get a MS (part of the MD/MS-CTS joint degree program), which entails conducting research and taking classes
UICOMP has a collection of templates for posters. If you would like feedback on an abstract or a poster, you can contact Dr. Donohue ([email protected]).