Research Opportunities

Supplemental and Award Opportunities

Distinction Track Program

The Distinction Track Program is designed as an enrichment program for students that apply and are selected. The University of Louisville currently has four Distinction Tracks: Business and Leadership, Global Health, Medical Education, and Research. Each track is unique in its requirements, ensures a mentored longitudinal experience, and culminates in a scholarly project.

If you are interested in Distinction Track Program, please contact:

Emily Noonan


Summer Research Scholar Program

The Summer Research Scholar Program (SRSP) provides a ten-week summer research experience to rising 2nd-year medical students interested in summer research.  There is a stipend of $3,000 - $4,300 (depending on the sponsor of the funding). The goal of the SRSP is to provide medical students who are interested in research the opportunity to participate in a research project and expose them to the research environment of an academic medical center and the activities of academic physicians and scientists.
If you are interested in the Summer Research Scholar program, please contact Anne Noe 


Graduate Student “IPIBS” Program

The Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (IPIBS) is a gateway for graduate students interested in biomedical research as a career choice.

If you are interested in this the IPIBS program please contact: Russell Salter, PhD


MD-MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

The University of Louisville offers a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health Care Ethics. This is a supplemental degree intended to enhance graduates’ contextual experience within their primary professional field.

If you are interested in the MD-MA program please contact: Dr. Stephen Hanson


National Postdoctoral Association

The mission of the NPA is to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting enhanced research training and a culture of enhanced professional growth to benefit scholarship and innovation.

If you are interested in the NPA program please contact: NPA (301) 984-4800


Health Justice Scholars

The Health and Social Justice Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity of educating professional and doctoral students in an interprofessional manner to produce high quality scholarly activities related to health equity, health and healthcare disparities, social justice, and healthcare innovation with the goal of benefitting underserved and disadvantaged populations.

If you are interested in the Health Justice Scholars program please contact:


NCI Cancer Education Program

The long-term objective of the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program is to recruit, educate and motivate outstanding undergraduate and professional students to pursue further training and future careers in cancer research. 

If you are interested in the NCI Cancer Education program please contact: David W. Hein, PhD or La Creis R. Kidd, PhD, MPH


Medical Education Research Unit

The mission of the Medical Education Research Unit is to improve the health of patients by supporting research that focuses on medical education across the continuum of undergraduate and graduate education to train competent and compassionate providers.

If you are interested in Med Ed Research Opportunities, please contact: Susan Sawning,, (502) 852-0420


External Research Opportunities

Summer 2020 Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Mentorship Program

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Mentorship Program.  This four-week mentorship is available in 17 cities nationwide and is open to medical students who have completed at least one year of medical school. The experience will expose students to the diagnosis and comprehensive management of MS under the tutelage of MS experts. 

Students will work with neurologists and other clinicians specializing in MS (e.g., urologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, physiatrists, nurses, radiologists, rehab therapists, etc.) and observe most aspects of MS specialty care. The MS Society provides an award of $2,000 to the student.

For more information and to access the application visit 

The application deadline is March 3, 2020.


Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health announces this year's competition and application for the Stanford Fellowship in Media and Global Health to teach physicians-in-training to use various media channels to advocate and inform on global health issues. Fellows will be chosen from a national pool of US medical students committed to a career in global health. This opportunity provides medical students with 12 months of practical training in the fundamentals of journalism, communications, and global health reporting on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media. Each year, the fellow participates in three rotations over the course of the fellowship year. She or he spends the fall quarter (September through December) in journalism on campus with Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism. In the winter, the fellow is embedded with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN in Atlanta to learn the fundamentals of how the news media chooses and researches stories. In late Spring, the fellow is encouraged to pursue an overseas or domestic capstone project of his or her choice on an untold global health story tackling equity issues. A modest living and travel stipend is awarded in addition to the fellowship.

For more information and to apply:

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Dell Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Internship

The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Intern position provides an accepted or currently enrolled medical student with experience working closely with leading Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty on clinical and/or health services research projects on a full-time basis over the course of an 8-12 week period. 

Application Deadline: January 20, 2020.

Emergency Medicine Medical Student Summer Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine (URM)

Application Deadline: January 20, 2020. 

The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center in conjunction with the NYU School of Medicine is pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Summer 2020 Medical Student Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine.  We are committed to increasing diversity within the field of Emergency Medicine.  The goal of the program is to provide the interested pre-clinical medical student with an in-depth exposure to Emergency Medicine early on in medical school education (students who have completed their first year of medical school).  We encourage underrepresented minorities who are interested in Emergency Medicine, currently in their first year of medical school, to apply to our 5-week (June 29 to July 31, 2019) Summer Fellowship. We are offering 5 funded positions, including NYU housing, travel to NYC, and a stipend, to support medical students who are underrepresented minorities interested in the field of Emergency Medicine.

NIH-supported Summer Oncology Research Fellowship (SORF) Program 

Applications for Summer 2020 are accepted 11/11/2019 to 1/15/2020. 

The NIH-supported Summer Oncology Research Fellowship (SORF) Program is designed for US medical students in the summer between their 1st - 2nd year who are considering a biomedical career that involves cancer research. This research fellowship is held at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). 

Harvard-Longwood Short-Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery (NIH T35)

Application deadline: January 15, 2020


American Society of Hematology Minority Recruitment Initiative

The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) was created in 2003 to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities training in hematology-related fields and to increase the number of minority hematologists with academic and research appointments. Explore programs here.


American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Awards

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately, advance their careers. As part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, the MMSAP aims to expand the program’s reach to the next generation of hematologists.

Application deadline: January 15, 2020.




Anne Will Noe
Program Manager
HSC Research Office
(502) 852-2553