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 the SMO Opportunities Database (using an ecommons login); the Clinical and Translational Mentor Database; conversations with Society Fellows, faculty, SMO staff, and fellow students; area seminars; HMS and Harvard websites; and the Harvard Catalyst website.

Excellence in Student Mentoring Awards

HMS Scholars in Medicine Excellence in Student Mentoring Award

The HMS Scholars in Medicine 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 2018-2019 are:

  • 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

Past Recipients:

2016-17

  • 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, Faculty Advisory Committee on Global Health, HMS Scholars in Medicine Program
  • 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.

2017-18

  • Jeffrey Holt, PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology and Laryngology, BCH
  • Nicte Mejia, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, MGH
  • Vinod Nambudiri, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, BWH
  • Vijay Sankaran, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, BCH