Medical Student Research Project

Dr. George Harrell, the founding Dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, established the Medical Student Research (MSR) program as an integral part of the curriculum. The purpose of the MSR program is to promote, through a mentored research project, the development and application of critical thinking and problem solving skills that are fundamental to the integration of medical science and clinical care.

Students gain an understanding of the research process, limitations and variability of data, and the translation of research and critical thinking skills to clinical practice. We expect our students to be able to articulate a relevant research question, decide on appropriate methods to address the question, collect and analyze the data, reach proper conclusions, and write a scientific report summarizing their work, including implications for further inquiry and/or clinical practice.

August 31, 2015 – MSR Proposals due

December 23, 2016 – MSR Final Reports due

January 15, 2018 – MSR Final Reports due

April 4, 2016 (by 8 a.m.) – MSR Proposals with application form due for Scholarship Award consideration*

May 1, 2016 – MSR Proposals due for those conducting research during the summer of 2016

May 1, 2016 – MSR Notification of plans to do research after summer of 2016

January 15, 2019 – MSR Final Report Due

Please NOTE:  Proposals must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the start of research

April 3, 2017 – MSR Proposals due for Scholarship consideration

May 1, 2017 – MSR Proposals due for those conducting research during the summer of 2017

May 1, 2017 – MSR Notification of plans to do research after summer of 2017

January 20, 2020 – MSR Final Reports due