Research Honors Program
The M.D. with Research Honors Program is available in the College of Medicine for medical students who desire to conduct research in an area of the health sciences in depth. Many students initiate their interest in research through the Medical Student Research Program, which supports medical student research prior to the first year and between the freshman and sophomore years of medical school. The Research Honors Program consists of: 1) selecting a mentor and preparing a proposal on a research project that will be carried out during the course of medical school; 2) ultimately preparing a manuscript which is submission-ready for a peer review journal; 3) giving an oral presentation of this work to members of the M.D. with Research Honors Committee, interested students and faculty members.
The student who satisfactorily completes these requirements will have the notation "Research With Honors" on their College of Medicine transcript and diploma. The program is open to all students (except those entering their senior year without research experience), who are in good academic standing and who arrange, during medical school, the time to devote to a defined and approved research project.
- The student should identify a faculty sponsor and department in which to work during their sophomore year if possible. The faculty sponsor must have an appointment in the USA College of Medicine.
- The research project proposal (as defined in the Application) must be submitted to the Chair of the M.D. with Research Honors Committee by the end of the first semester of the junior year. Early submission is strongly recommended. Within 4 weeks of submission of the proposal, the applicant will make a short presentation to the committee describing the proposal and the timeline for its completion.
- The student must submit a progress report, co-signed by the mentor, to the committee prior to January 15 of the senior year of medical school.
- The student must prepare a manuscript ready for submission for publication prior to March 15 of the senior year and make an oral presentation summarizing the project to the members of the Research Honors Committee, interested students, and faculty members. The committee must approve the completed work as fulfilling the requirements for the program.
By January 15 of the senior year of medical school, the program participants should provide the committee with a short report reiterating the specific aims of the project and the progress made on each. The report should be cosigned by the mentor. Prior to March 15 of the senior year, the student must provide the committee with the copy of the prepared manuscript and make an oral presentation to the committee, interested students, and faculty members. The preparation of the manuscript and presentation of the work must be completed prior to certification to the Dean that the student has completed requirements for graduation with Research Honors.
The following guidelines should be followed in submitting a proposal. This application form [PDF] accompanies the proposal. The proposal should be typewritten, single-spaced. It is expected that proposals will be one page. The proposal should be submitted to the Chair of the Research Honors Committee between the end of fall semester of the Junior year.