MD Program

  • Medical Student Research Program

    Research Day 2010The Carver College of Medicine has been supporting medical student research since the 1960s. In 2000, the Iowa Medical Student Research Program (IMSRP) was established to develop, organize, and integrate several different programs that are related to medical student research. Although research is not a required activity for applicants to Iowa, once admitted, students are strongly encouraged to consider research opportunities available on campus. The long term objective of the IMSRP is to encourage more students to participate in a summer research program, and to continue their engagement with scientific research throughout medical school training and beyond. The Research Distinction Track has graduated more than 200 students in the past 10 years.

    Coming up: Medical Student Research Program Events

     Current students:  The Iowa Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) program application is now available for currently enrolled first-year medical students (M1) in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Submit all documents electronically through the online application at The completed application is due by 8:00 am CDT on February 16, 2015.

    New students admitted before March 1:  The Iowa Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) program application is now available students accepted for admission to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine for fall 2015 (pre-M1). Please see the ICON website for newly admitted students for the application link. The completed application is due by 6:00 pm CDT on March 6, 2015 (deadline extended)

  • Program Components

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    Opportunities for Student Research

    The largest component of the IMSRP is the Summer Research Fellowship which has been offered at Iowa and supported by an NIH training grant since 1980. Summer Research Fellowships are available to enrolled freshman medical students and to pre-freshmen students accepted for admission and provides medical students an early opportunity to participate in a focused research project for a three-month period.  This experience, while brief, is designed to interest medical students in research and to acquaint them with career possibilities in academic medicine. More... 

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    Medical Student Research Day

    All students participating in the Summer Research Program are required to present their work on Medical Student Research Day. The Annual University of Iowa Medical Student Research Day is held in September each year.  More... 

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    The Faculty

    We have a cadre of around 200 dedicated faculty mentors who are enthusiastic about working with students in their research activities. If you are interested in identifying a mentor or possible research projects you can find them in our mentor database. These faculty represent a broad cross-section of the Carver College of Medicine and includes representatives from 24 departments. ...More....

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    Alumni and Their Work

    Nicholas (Nick) M Wetjen, M.D., graduated from Loras College, Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Research in 1996 and then enrolled at the University of Iowa later that fall.  Nick was a summer research fellow...More... 

    Bradley J Van Voorhis, MD, matriculated at the University of Iowa CCOM in 1980 and participated in the summer research fellowship in 1981. Brad feels that this experience...More...