Welcome to the VCU School of Medicine Summer Research program! We invite current high school, college and VCU medical school students to use this as a central resource to:
- Identify research opportunities
- Register for placement online
In the spring of 2015, you will need to register for all School of Medicine summer research programs through this website, even if you have independently contacted a research mentor and arranged for a summer position.
Visit the school page for more details.
Summer Student Program in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health Epidemiology. The School of Medicine will offer an integrated series of seminars and workshops that range from local to global issues in infectious diseases. Studies are related to infectious diseases from basic science (pathogenic microbiology) to applied science (epidemiology). Accepted students will be paired with a mentor to conduct research in the areas of: microbiology, clinical research, or epidemiology.
VCU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship — Summer Fellowship Program Prospectus
VCU is committed to making opportunities for active learning available to undergraduates in all departments in the university. For the summer of 2015, we have initiated a special program to provide student fellowship and faculty support money for mentored research and creative scholarship experiences. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500.
Research in Women's Health
Students interested in research relevant to women’s health should consider opportunities to work with faculty scholars in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program.
Health Educational Research Opportunities program (HERO)
Eligibility: minority undergraduate students, VCU first-year medical and dental students
Sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the HERO program provides 10-week summer research experiences for undergraduate students and first-year medical or dental students. Students have the opportunity to work with VCU faculty on research projects that focus on diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Students from racial and ethnic minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the HERO website.
VCU Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Eligibility: VCU honor students
The Honors College cultivates a community of students and faculty focused on collaborative research that goes beyond the typical undergraduate experience. For application information, visit the VCU Honors College program’s website.
JACK’S Summer Scholars Program
JACK’S Summer Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentoring and research. Summer scholars have the opportunity to work with the neonatal team as they provide care and conduct research related to infant and maternal health. Specific emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of multidisciplinary hospital care. The program also enables participants to explore medical career opportunities in pediatric subspecialties such as general surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery and infectious diseases. Visit for moreInformation on JACK’S Summer Scholars Program.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) STEP-UP Program
Eligibility: minority undergraduate students
This program provides undergraduate students with a 10-week, hands-on research experience in a VCU laboratory setting. The research explored will be in NIDDK mission areas including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic diseases. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor. Stipends provided. For more information, call (804) 827-0982 and visit the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity website.
Physiology and Biophysics Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Eligibility: undergraduate students
VCU School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Program
Eligibility: VCU medical students between the M1 and M2 years
Students can receive a stipend ($2,500) funded by the Dean’s Office but must apply to the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training for a summer research fellowship using the School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Application form. The fellowships are limited and are, therefore, very competitive.
Fellowships are for a period of two months and are offered between the M1 and M2 years.
A faculty member may sponsor only one fellowship-funded student application per year.
The goal of the Physiology and Biophysics Summer Undergraduate Research Program is to recruit academically excellent undergraduate students to engage in research projects on a full-time basis in the summer, and to enrich the candidate pools for the PhD and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at VCU.