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.

Funding Acknowledgements and NIH Mission

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 along with the list below also contributes funding to maximize student participation in the program.




National Institutes on Aging (NIA) 
Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional
Research Training Grant 5T35AG029795-11
(Principal Investigator David Meltzer, MD, PhD)

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

The 2019 Program will kick off with a meeting and poster session on
December 6, 2018.  Application materials will be sent via e-mail to all eligible first year medical students. 

The 2019 Summer Research Forum will take place on August 21 and 22, 2019.

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

Results from the 2018 Summer Research Forum are posted here.
Results from the 2017 Summer Research Forum are posted here.

Results from the 2016 Summer Research Forum are posted here.
Results from the 2015 Summer Research Forum are posted here

Results from the 2014 Summer Research Forum are posted here.