Research Opportunities for Students

Below are opportunities available for current and/or prospective UNMC students. (Please read below to determine eligibility.) Contact the office of Research & Development with any questions.

Medical Student Summer Research Program: This program, designed for incoming UNMC M1s and M2s, provides students within the College of Medicine the opportunity to enhance their ability to seek out information and to analyze and apply it to the solution of a defined problem. The student will spend 8-10 weeks in their research endeavor and is expected to spend a significant number of hours (40/week) in the laboratory. To learn more, please contact Kari Nelson at

Summer Undergraduate Research Program: The UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a collaboration between UNMC departments, institutes, colleges, student success, and graduate specialty areas to provide summer opportunities for undergraduate students to become members of research teams and discover first-hand the broad spectrum of research activities occurring at UNMC. Click here for more information!
UNMC Research Fair: Each Spring, the UNMC Chapter of American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) hosts a student research fair on the UNMC campus. This event is designed for current UNMC students to learn more about the various research opportunities on campus and to get connected with faculty and/or resources. The 2022 event will be held via Zoom on Monday, February 7, 2022. To read more about a past event, click here.
MD Honors Thesis: The MD Honors Thesis for medical students is one of the mechanisms that allows students to graduate with Honors. Medical students may submit their proposals anytime up to the first Monday of January of their Junior year. To be eligible to participate in this program, students must rank in the upper 50% of their class. Academic eligibility is determined by the Scholastic Evaluation Committee. After completion of an approved research project, a thesis is written and is due on or before the first Monday of January of the senior year.
A student whose thesis receives an Honors designation will be eligible for graduation with Honors on that basis. Students eligible for Honors based on academic performance may receive higher Honors designations (e.g. Distinction, High Distinction, Highest Distinction) based on the Honors thesis.
Each student must find a faculty sponsor who will closely supervise the research project and oversee the preparation and submission of the thesis proposal and the preparation and submission of the thesis itself. A letter must accompany both the proposal and the thesis from the faculty sponsor indicating that they have read, approve and support the documents. Unlike some student research, the thesis must be the student’s own work and cannot represent solely technical participation in an ongoing research project. The goal of this program is to encourage students to engage in scientific research during medical school. Success of the program relies heavily on the critical oversight and guidance by the faculty sponsor.
MD-PhD Scholars Program: Physician-scientists tackle health problems from two fronts: lab research and patient care. The MD-PhD Scholars Program allows students to become trained in both areas. The program strives to provide an excellent, integrated program of medical and research training for physician scientists with a wide variety of biomedical interests. Students are given a balance of direction, advice, and facilitation of ideas that not only provides a solid foundation for their future but also gives them the opportunity to follow the course that really excites them.
MD-PhD Scholars Retreat, 2021