Medical Student Summer Research Program

Pre-Announcement information for the 2017 Medical Student
Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF)

Brief Explanation of the MSSRF Program

Fellowships are open to all year 1 students in good academic standing.
Fellowship stipends are for 8-10 weeks during the Summer break
Fellowship are competitive, with all applications being reviewed and scored by a faculty research panel
Research Mentors must have either a WSU-SOM or Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) faculty appointments

Planning ahead suggestions

  1. Consider the area of research you wish to pursue
  2. Seek out a research mentor. It is never too early to start!
    • View list of potential mentors (WSU and HFH)
    • Talk with your faculty or ask the MSSRF Directors to help point you to mentors
  3. Once you have found a mentor, decide on a project and read about it
  4. Attend the Medical Student Research Symposium on January 12 & 13, 2017
    • Speak with your fellows students about their work and their experience
    • Ask about mentors from your peers
  5. Begin to write up your fellowship proposal with time to spare. Do not leave it to the last minute. This year’s deadline to receive completed applications will be 5:00 pm, March 3, 2017(FIRM).
  6. If you are a Canadian citizen, begin the process to get your ITIN in order that you can receive the stipend. Note: Any delay in getting the ITIN number processed by the US government (they take their good old time in processing these forms) will delay your stipend. Amount of stipend TBD.

If you are interested in research, the School of Medicine in collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital provides an excellent opportunity for you to engage in a research project by applying for a Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF). The research activity may be a basic science laboratory project or clinical/outcomes study performed under the mentorship of a Wayne State SOM faculty member or adjunct faculty member. Typically, the First Year students’ schedule is the only one that can accommodate the time for this program (8 – 10 weeks). However, if any Second or Third Year student is able to identify a suitable block of time (8 – 10 weeks) to do research while completing the other requirements of the medical school curriculum, the application will also be considered. A letter from the Dean of Medical Student Affairs would be necessary for students beyond the First Year summer break.

The MSSRF fellowships are competitive and limited in number. Awarded individuals will receive a stipend of $TBD for 8 to 10 weeks of research during the summer. Work designed to be performed over less than 8 weeks may also be submitted, however, if deemed competitive and awarded, the stipend will be prorated for the time invested.

Open submission for MSSRF applications will be January 18 through March 3, 2017.The deadline for the 2017 application cycle is 5:00 pm, March 3, 2017 (FIRM). Applications should be emailed to

Briefly, the Medical Student Summer Research Program works like this. You choose a WSU-associated research mentor with whom to study. If you are not familiar with the potential mentors available or of a mentor in an area of research of interest to you, names of faculty able to accept students for research are available here but this is not an all-inclusive list. You may call or email Dr. Goebel at 577-8724 or Dr. Rossi at 576-4525 for more information regarding faculty in your field of interest or if you require assistance in locating investigators or deciding upon a potential mentor. In an effort to increase the opportunities for students who wish to perform clinical or outcomes research, we are expanding the program to include adjunct WSU faculty at affiliated hospitals, but we may not be aware of all the possible mentors at these locations. For those interested, Drs. Goebel and Rossi will be present at the Externship Information session on Feb. 1, 2017, in Margherio Conference Center. Please plan to attend.

The only two stipulations imposed for competing for the MSSRF fellowships are

1) the student research be a project designed for you to learn and participate in the approach to medical research, including formulating an hypothesis, experimental design and executing the work (as well as analyzing the results) within the 8-10-week fellowship window

2) that the sponsoring mentor must have an official appointment with Wayne State University (e.g. full-time or adjunct faculty appointment. Helpful guidelines for designing an appropriate proposal for the student and mentor are described in the following attachment. Click Here!

The stipend is provided in two installments. Canadian students must have a U.S. Social Security number OR an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), both issued by the Internal Revenue Service, in order to receive the stipend. To obtain an ITIN, studentsmust contact either the WSU Office of the Ombudsman ( or the Office of International Student Scholars (OISS) ( to begin this process. Note: It can take up to 8 weeks to obtain an ITIN from the IRS. Beginning the process early will insure that MSSRF participants can be paid in a timely manner. The final installment requires the submission of a Progress Report detailing what was accomplished. It is strongly recommended that recipients of an MSSRF Award present their findings at the Medical Student Research Symposium, tentatively scheduled for January 11-12, 2018.

You may pick up the information packet in the Mazurek Room 315 or print off the application above. Arrange an interview with the mentor. Once you and your mentor agree on a project, fill out the application forms. You must write your proposal in accordance with the instructions enclosed in the application. Applications that lack the required items (A-F) on the application, particularly a description of the student role on the project, will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed, scored and ranked by a panel of faculty from Henry Ford Health System and the School of Medicine with expertise in basic, clinical, and epidemiological, and outcomes research. The proposals are ranked, and awarded based upon the scores and available funds.

Upon receiving notification of the fellowship award, you must accept the award by downloading the MSSRF Award Agreement form (below), fill in the appropriate information on the form, have you and your mentor sign it, and promptly return the completed form to the Student Affairs Office (Mazurek, Room 315).

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