Medical Student Summer Research Program


The Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine sponsors a summer Medical Student Research Program. Through this program, students develop an appreciation of how research contributes to the knowledge and the practice of medicine. Accepted entering medical students or rising second-year medical students in the USA College of Medicine are eligible. The summer experience includes 1) hands-on research related to basic science and/or clinical medicine; 2) a seminar program that focuses on various scientific and clinical topics; and 3) student presentations at Research Day.  Support for the program is provided by the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine Dean's Office. 


Save the Date: 2023 Medical Student Research Day is July 21, 2023

The 50th annual Medical Student Research Day is scheduled for July 21, 2023! This year is extra special because we are celebrating 50 years of educating and empowering medical students through our growing research program!
The 2023 seminar and program schedule will be posted soon.


Summer Research Award Winners Photo
Congratulations 2022 Clyde G. Huggins Award Winners

Ryleigh Randall (pictured on the right), a second-year medical student, won the Clyde G. Huggins Award for her oral presentation, Brain Pericyte Dysfunction in Normal Aging. Randall’s mentor was Amy Nelson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Physiology and Cell Biology.

The four poster presentation winners, from left, all second-year medical students, were: Kahlea Haladwala, Correlation of Renal Bladder Ultrasound and Voiding Cystourethrogram in Pediatric Patients Hospitalized for Febrile Urinary Tract Infection, Wade Davis, Breast Cancer Disparities: Racial and Socioeconomic Connection of Molecular Subtypes Brandon Barnes, Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury (BCVI) Management: A Unicorn Diagnosis Rachael Motamed, Enhancing Wound Healing in Hyper-IGE Syndrome using FPRS as Targets



Contact Information

2022-2023 Program Chair
Dr. Robert Barrington, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine
(251) 461-1718

Program Coordinator(s)
Skye Andrade,  Office of the Associate Dean for Research
Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine
(251) 461- 1910

Marcina Lang, COM Dean's Office
Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine
(251) 460-6041, Fax (251)341-3994