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 up to $500 per student (one award per student, per academic year). Funds may 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 up to $500 per student (one award per student, per academic year). Funds may 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 their faculty mentor’s department. Transfer of travel award funds to the sponsoring department will be managed by the BSOM Office of Medical Education.

Application Process: The medical student must submit an application package including 1) an application cover sheet; 2) a copy of the proposal acceptance letter from the meeting sponsor; 3) a copy of the accepted proposal abstract (MS Word); and 4) Anticipated itemized expenses. 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. Submit the application package as email attachments sent to Dr. Jeannette Manger (jeannette.manger@wright.edu ) in the BSOM Office of Medical Education. Be sure to CC your application email with attachments to your faculty mentor. Applications will be accepted throughout the year while funds are available.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated by the BSOM Offices of Medical Education and Research Affairs. Criteria include robustness of the study, significance of the topic and contribution to the field. Oral presentations will receive higher consideration than poster presentations.

Award Process: Notice of award will be made to the medical student and faculty mentor prior to the date of travel. Students must make an appointment and meet with Nancy Harker in the BSOM Office of Medical Education to initiate a travel request authorization form prior to travel. Receipts must be submitted within 30 days after travel. Research Travel Awards will be transferred to the sponsoring department after receipts are submitted and verified.

Post-Award: Travel Award recipients must present their research locally at the Medical Student Research Symposium held annually in April. Confirmation of abstract submission should be sent electronically to Dr. Manger.

More Information: For questions about travel awards for other medical research categories, contact Dr. Manger (jeannette.manger@wright.edu) in the Office of Medical Education.

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 may be used for laboratory materials, survey costs, statistical consulting and other reasonable research expenses per WSU policies. Funds CANNOT be used for curricular scholarly projects, student stipends or the purchase of computers and other research hardware.

MS Research Grant Guidelines and Application Process

Funding: The grant funds up to $2,500 per project over a one-year period. Funds may be used for laboratory materials, survey costs, statistical consulting and other reasonable research expenses per WSU policies. 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: A student 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 Medical Education.

Application Process: The medical student must submit an application package including 1) an application cover sheet; 2) a research plan including background, methods, and preliminary data, if applicable (limit two pages); 3) an itemized budget detailing how grant funds will be used (limit one page); 4) a plan for presenting/publishing results, which should include presentation at the annual Medical Student Research Symposium in April (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 Dr. Manger (jeannette.manger@wright.edu) in the BSOM Office of Medical Education. Be sure to CC your email with application attachment to your faculty mentor.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated by the BSOM Offices of Medical Education and Research Affairs. Criteria include significance of the research question, strength of research design and feasibility of obtaining meaningful results during the period of student involvement.

Award Process:Applications will be accepted June 1st - August 1st for committee review in August. Medical students and faculty mentors will be notified of the status of their application by September 1st ; successful applications will be awarded September - May. Funds will not be transferred until all necessary research protocols (IRB, IACUC, etc.) are approved and documented.

Post-Award: Medical Student Research Grant recipients must present their results at the Medical Student Research Symposium held annually in April. Confirmation of abstract submission should be sent electronically to Dr. Manger.

More Information: Contact Dr. Manger (jeannette.manger@wright.edu) in the Office of Medical Education.

Last edited on 04/18/2018.