Student Research

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HMS students will find hundreds of opportunities to carry out research, from hypothesis-based research in the basic and clinical sciences to research in the social sciences, arts, and medical humanities. Faculty at Harvard-based labs and affiliated hospitals all offer opportunities for HMS students. Students also find research opportunities across the US and abroad. While some students locate research opportunities in their first year, most students will carry out research in their third or fourth year, after they have completed their principal clinical experience in their second year.

Over half of any HMS class chooses to take an extra year for either research or study toward a second degree. Those who elect to take a research year may apply for external or HMS funding.

HMS students have been successful in obtaining fellowships from:

HMS also has a robust faculty advising structure to help students identify cutting-edge projects that fit their interests.

Students may find scholarly projects through conversations with Scholars in Medicine (SIM) Fellows, faculty, Office of Scholarly Engagement (OSE) staff and fellow students; area seminars; HMS and Harvard websites. OSE has a robust database of over 400 scholarly projects, accessible through Harvard Catalyst Profiles (login and click on the Opportunity Search tab.)

Excellence in Student Mentoring Awards

HMS Office of Scholarly Engagement Excellence in Student Mentoring Award

The HMS Office of Scholarly Engagement Excellence in Student Mentoring Award was established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on student research and professional development. Graduating HMS students are invited to nominate their mentors and include a narrative of how the faculty member’s mentoring has affected their progress as a successful medical student.

The recipients for 2020-2021 are:

Antonia F. Chen, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, BWH Orthopedic Surgery

John B. Miller, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, MEEI Ophthalmology


Past Recipients:


Gail Kurr Adler, PhD, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jennifer Kasper, MD, MP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital; Chair, HMS Faculty Advisory Committee on Global Health

Louise Catherine Ivers, MD

Executive Director for Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health; Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.



Jeffrey Holt, PhD

Professor of Otolaryngology and Laryngology, Boston Children's Hospital

Nicte Mejia, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Vinod Nambudiri, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Vijay Sankaran, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital


Kelli O'Laughlin, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital  

Jonathan D. Schoenfeld, MD, MPhil, MPH

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School         

Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Carole Mitnick, ScD

Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Soumya Raychaudhuri, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

David Shaye, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary