Medical Student Research Funding

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Medical Student Research Travel Award

The Medical Student Research Travel Award funds travel to a regional/national research meeting for a Wright State medical student with an accepted abstract/proposal for a poster and/or oral presentation. The award does NOT fund meeting attendance only; students must make a research presentation at the meeting. The funding source is the Margaruite Duerst Medical Student Research Fund, which awards multiple grants each academic year. The award funds $500 per student (one award per student per academic year).  Funds can be used for travel expenses such as meeting registration, airline reservations, lodging and meals per WSU travel policies.Funds also may be used for the cost of printing posters.

MS Travel Award Guidelines and Application Process

Funding: The award funds $500 per student (one award per student per academic year). Funds can be used for travel expenses such as meeting registration, airline reservations, lodging and meals per WSU travel policies. Funds also may be used for the cost of printing posters.

Department Sponsor: The student is expected to seek matching support from her/his faculty mentor’s department, which is responsible for managing the WSU travel authorization/report process. Transfer of travel award funds to the sponsoring department will be managed by the BSOM Office of Research Affairs.

Application Process: The medical student must submit an application package including 1) an application cover sheet (DOCX); 2) a copy of the proposal acceptance letter from the meeting sponsor; and 3) a copy of the accepted proposal abstract (MS Word). Applications must be submitted within one month of receipt of an acceptance letter and at least one month prior to the date of travel. Applications submitted after the date of travel will not be considered for funding. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2014 and throughout the 2014-2015 academic year while funds are available. Submit the application package as email attachments sent to Amber McCurdy (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu) in the BSOM Office of Research Affairs. Be sure to CC your application email with attachments to your faculty mentor.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated by the BSOM Offices of Academic Affairs (medical education research) and Research Affairs (other medical research categories). Criteria include robustness of the study, significance of the topic, and contribution to the field. Oral presentations will receive higher consideration than poster presentations. Priority will be given to medical students enrolled in BSOM research electives such as SMD 616, SMD 617, CMH 811, and SUR 820 (rather than student initiated electives).

Award Process: Notice of award will be made to the medical student and faculty mentor prior to the date of travel. Research Travel award funds will be transferred to the sponsoring department after meeting travel is completed.

Post-Award: Travel Award recipients must submit a one-page report about their research meeting experience within one month of the date of travel. Students are encouraged to present their posters locally at the BSOM Central Research Forum and the Medical Student Research Symposium.

More Information: For questions about travel awards for other medical research categories, contact Amber McCurdy (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu) in the Office of Research Affairs.

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. The grant funds up to $2,500 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 CANNOT be used for student stipends or the purchase of computers and other research hardware.

MS Research Grant Guidelines and Application Process

Funding: Two grants will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year. The grant funds up to $2,500 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 (DOCX); 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 (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu) in the BSOM Office of Research Affairs. Be sure to CC your email with application  attachment to your faculty mentor. The application deadline was August 1, 2014 for grants in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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 (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu) in the Office of Research Affairs.

Last edited on 02/09/2015.