Research Affairs

Timothy Broderick, M.D., Associate Dean

Medical Student Research Grant

The Medical Student Research Grant supports one-year research projects conducted by Wright State medical students under the supervision of a BSOM faculty mentor. The funding source is the Margaruite Duerst Medical Student Research Fund.

Funding: Two grants will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year. The grant funds up to $2500 per project over a one-year period. Funds can be used for laboratory materials, survey costs, statistical consulting, and other reasonable research expenses per WSU policies. Up to $500 per grant can be used to fund medical student travel to present results at a regional/national research meeting. Funds also may be used for the cost of printing posters. Funds CANNOT be used for student stipends or the purchase of computers and other research hardware.
Department Sponsor: Students applying for a Medical Student Research Grant must have a faculty mentor in a BSOM department who will be responsible for managing research funds. Expenditure of funds will be monitored by the BSOM Office of Research Affairs.  

Application Process: The medical student must submit an application package including 1) an application cover sheet; 2) a research plan explaining what the student will do (limit one page); 3) a budget detailing how grant funds will be used (limit one-half page); 4) a plan for presenting/publishing results (limit one-half page); and 5) a letter of support from the faculty mentor. Compile the elements of your application package as a single MS Word document; handwritten applications will NOT be accepted.  Submit the complete application package as an email attachment sent to Amber McCurdy ( in the BSOM Office of Research Affairs. Be sure to CC your email with application  attachment to your faculty mentor. Applications will be accepted throughout the 2014-15 academic year while funds are available.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated by the Office of Research Affairs. Criteria include significance of the research question, strength of research design, and feasibility of obtaining meaningful results in a one-year period.

Award Process: Notice of award will be made to the medical student and faculty mentor. Research Grant funds will be transferred to an account administered by the faculty mentor on  behalf of the medical student investigator. Funds will not be transferred until all necessary research protocols (IRB, LACUC, etc.) are approved and documented. Allow at least one month for grant review and notification.

Post-Award: Medical Student Research Grant recipients must submit a one-page final report summarizing the results of their projects. The final report is due in the Office of Research Affairs within one month of the end of the funding period. Students are encouraged to present their results at the BSOM Central Research Forum and the Medical Student Research Symposium.

More Information: Contact Amber McCurdy ( in the Office of Research Affairs.