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Student Resources

The Office of Medical Student Research supports Vanderbilt medical students in their research endeavors through:

  • organization of student training and experience in research integrated throughout the curriculum. Learn more.
  • direction of the medical scholars program – a year-out opportunity for mentored research experience. Learn more.
  • promotion of additional year-outshort-term and summer research programs.
  • guidance for students participating in extracurricular research projects.
  • support for students in determining safety and regulatory training requirements.
  • assistance and funding for student travel for presenting scholarly research.

Inquiry Program Handbook

Student Travel

Poster Printing

Approved Mentor Lists


Research Training and Safety Guidelines


Research Templates

Helpful Research Resources

Office of Research – provides professional guidance, support services, core facilities and administrative expertise to all investigators

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research – Vanderbilt’s virtual home for clinical and translational research which provides a number of support services from funding to recruitment to communication in order to reduce the barriers to research

Institutional Review Board – regulatory board responsible for reviewing and approving all studies involving human subjects

Animal Care and Use Program – comprised of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a self-regulating entity whose primary function is to assist faculty, staff, and students in upholding Vanderbilt’s determination of ethical and humane use of animals for research, teaching, and testing. The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) supports IACUC and the research community. The Division of Animal Care (DAC) is the service core of the Office of Research that provides procurement, husbandry, and healthcare for experimental animals, as well as scientific and technical support for Vanderbilt researchers.

The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization – provides professional commercialization services to the Vanderbilt research community for research innovations.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) builds capacity through interdisciplinary global health education and training programs, conducts implementation science and research, and provides technical assistance service to government and civil sector organizations in countries supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through an an affiliated organization, Friends in Global Health (FGH).

The Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET)

From Mario Davidson, PhD:

If Immersion students are in need of quantitative guidance for your research project, I suggest the following:

1) Check to see if your mentor has a collaborating biostatistician.

On the faculty specialty’s page, look at the “Currently Funded Collaborations….”

2) If your project is relatively simple and you just need basic guidance, you may attend a daily biostatistics clinic or if it’s not that simple but you want additional insight ( (Note: They typically will NOT perform the analysis)

3) If your mentor has funding, he or she may go through the BCC (

4) Apply for VICTR funding ( (Note: This may require matching funding.)

5) If all else fails, set up an appointment with Dr. Mario Davidson (

Other Resources

For quick statistical questions, you can attend Daily Biostatistics Clinics. There are different topics for each day. Please see the link below for more details.

If you need further assistance regarding study design, data analysis, or other resources, you can apply for a VICTR grant. Please go to the website below for new application. There are VICTR funding clinics where you would receive assistance with VICTR funding applications and questions about VICTR resources. It is held 2nd Mondays each month 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CRC Conference Room A-3210 MCN. Please select “funding” then “Apply Here.”

If you have questions about REDCap, there are online trainings but you can also attend REDCap Clinics, held 12:30-2:00 p.m.on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays AND 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.


Clinical and translational research studios: a multidisciplinary internal support program.

Motivated students may seek out research experiences outside of the curriculum providing they are in acceptable academic standing and receive approval from the Director and Assistant Dean, Physician-Researcher Training and their academic advisor. To assist in guiding students through these opportunities, the Office of Medical Student research provides the following guidelines for the students and their mentors.

  • While the research curriculum has a formal mentor/project selection process, students conducting research outside the curriculum may locate a research mentor through networking with students and professors, consulting research news@Vanderbilt, and looking through the Faculty Database.
  • Notify our Office of your intent to conduct research outside of the curricular opportunities by completing the Extracurricular Research Notification before beginning the research experience.
  • Some research opportunities may involve monetary compensation for the student. However, institutional guidelines do not allow a student to receive Vanderbilt course credit as well as monetary compensation for the same duties. For questions regarding student compensation please contact the Registrar’s office, 615-322-2145.
  • The student should consult our Safety Training Guidelines, discuss their safety training needs with their mentor or lab manager, and complete any safety requirements prior to beginning their research experience.

Students interested in additional research training and opportunities beyond those present within the medical school curriculum are encouraged to explore the provided links.

Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program
1-year NIH-funded opportunity for early career investigators interested in working in low-resource settings.

AAMC Clinical and Research Opportunities
Listing of fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships, and grants currently available in the United States and abroad.

American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant Research Program encourages medical students, physician residents and fellows to enter the research field. The program provides $2,500 grants to support small basic science, applied, or clinical research projects.

American Otological Society Medical Student Training Grant 
Research grant awards and training fellowships to study otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, and related disorders.

American Skin Association Medical Student Grants Targeting Melanoma/Skin Cancer
One-year research opportunity in the area of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
One-year fellowship in applied epidemiology designed for physicians who want to study population health.

CDC Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with public health experience in a developing country. The main focus of the fellowship is a 6- to 12-week field assignment where fellows are mentored by experienced CDC staff and learn through hands-on experience while working on a public health project.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announces the availability of the 2015-2016 Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) for medical students. The program is open to medical students in good standing at any US-based medical school. Accepted students spend a year out from medical school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries coordinated through one of six hosting schools, of which UCSF is one. At UCSF, an annual stipend of $29,000 and up to $10,000 in research and travel funds is provided to each fellow.  In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, the Medical Research Program does not fund research that uses animals.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health
The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships began in July 2011 with fellows in sub-Saharan Africa, and expanded to include countries in Asia and Latin America.

Global Health Fellows and Scholars Support Centers
Provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early stage investigators to enhance their global health research expertise and their careers.

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
Opportunity to participate in on-going medical informatics research under the tutelage of Lister Hill Center mentors. Participants work directly with leading medical informatics professionals for varying lengths of time.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program 
Offers year-long and summer programs with the flexibility to select your mentor and project from HHMI investigators throughout the United States and conduct full-time basic, translational, or applied biomedical research.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
A comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program engaged in mentored basic, clinical, or translational research. Training is offered on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, or nearby NIH facilities.

NIH Clinical Research Training Program 
A year-long enrichment program for clinical and translational research investigation in an area that matches the student’s academic interests and career goals. Training is offered on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, or nearby NIH facilities.

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
NIDDK’s Medical Student Research Training Program (MSRT) provides 9-12 months of mentored research training experience to help students solidify their decisions to pursue a research career, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development.

NIH Clinical Research Fellowship for Medical Students/International Opportunities/Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students
A one-year program offering epidemiological or clinical mentored research related to environmental health issues at the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, NC, or with NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Paul Calabresi Medical Student Fellowship: Clinical Pharmacology
Fellowships are available for 6 to 24 months to research areas in pharmacology and clinical pharmacology.

Sarnoff Fellowship Program
The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers research opportunities for outstanding medical students to explore careers in cardiovascular research. Applicants must be enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools.  Sarnoff Fellows conduct intensive work in a research facility, located in the United States, for one year.  Prior research experience is not a prerequisite.

Society of Hospital Medicine, Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant
SHM continues to invest in the future of hospital medicine by offering grant funding for scholarly work with an active SHM mentor in a project related to patient safety, quality improvement or other areas relevant to the field of hospital medicine.  For more information, please view the video “What is Hospital Medicine?” or contact Debra Beach at