Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program is an eleven week medical research opportunity available to first year medical students. Students develop a well-defined project and work with faculty mentors throughout the summer to conduct research.  In addition to their research, students are required to attend weekly cluster meetings and seminars.  At the end of the eleven weeks, participants present their research at the Summer Research Forum. There students are graded by five judges from the clinical and basic sciences and are eligible to receive cash prizes.

The Pritzker Summer Research Program is grateful for generous extramural funding from the following NIH institutes.  In recognition of this funding, the Pritzker Summer Research Program places special emphasis on identifying mentors related to these NIH mission areas and directing students to their respective projects.  In addition to these funding sources, the Pritzker School of Medicine also contributes funding to maximize student participation in the program.


National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant 5T35DK062719-28 (Principal Investigator Eugene Chang, MD)

National Institutes on Aging (NIA) Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant 5T35AG029795-08 (Principal Investigator David Meltzer, MD, PhD)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Grant R25HL096383 (Principal Investigator Sola Olopade, MD, MPH)


The 2016 Program will kick off with a meeting and poster session on January 14, 2016.  Application materials will be sent via e-mail to all first year medical students. 







The 2015 Summer Research Forum took place on

August 26 and 27, 2015.

2016 Scholarly Opportunities Guide (PDF)

2016 Summer Research Program Intent to Participate (Interactive PDF)

For additional information about the Summer Research Program, please follow the links below and to the right.

Results from the 2014 Summer Research Forum are posted here.

Results from the 2015 Summer Research Forum are posted here.



Our curriculum excites many of our students to ultimately pursue scholarly work through the Summer Research Program. While participation is not required, the vast majority of students ‘vote with their feet’ in large measure because of the experience that they have had with the curriculum.- Holly Humphrey, MD’83, Dean for Medical Education