University of Nebraska Medical Center

Student Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in research. Our department offers opportunities for students to become involved a variety of research including basic science, translational, clinical outcomes, educational, global health and public health.

Summer Student Research Program of Excellence

Funds are available for student research scholarships within our department through the Summer Student Research Program of Excellence. This is a full-time program geared towards students who are interested in pursuing a surgical career. The purpose is to provide students within the College of Medicine the opportunity to enhance their ability to seek out information, analyze and apply a solution to a surgically defined problem. Research positions are eight weeks, unless otherwise approved by the department and the primary investigator.

Howard R. and Marilyn B. McCollister Memorial Fund Rural Surgery Research Program

The Howard R. and Marilyn B. McCollister Memorial Fund Rural Surgery Research Program is made possible through generous gifts from donors. Students selected for this program will spend their summer with a faculty sponsor at a rural partner site(s) in Nebraska. The application process, guidelines and expectations for this program are the same. Benefits are also the same, with the addition of reimbursement for one round-trip mileage. The department will assist as much as possible to secure housing. Ideal candidates will have connections to the rural site.

Guidelines, Expectations, and Application Information

The application cycle for Summer 2024 is now closed. Please check back in the fall for Summer 2025 deadlines.

Additional information about the programs including participant guidelines and expectations is outlined in a program flyer. Before you apply, you will need to identify a mentor and a research project. If you need assistance finding a mentor, contact us.

There is one application form used for both programs. All applications must be submitted using this online form. You will need to:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload your CV*
  • Upload your research proposal*

*Documents may be uploaded at a later date, but must be received prior to the application deadline.

Application Form


NOTE: These positions are full-time paid positions within the Department of Surgery, where you are considered an employee of UNMC during the dates of your program. The department will not support applicants who have any other paid appointment within the university system (UNMC, UNO, UNL, UNK) which will overlap employment dates in surgery. Your application will not be accepted if you choose to accept another paid position at the university. One example of this would be serving as a mentor for the Summer Health Professions Education Program. We understand you may not know what positions you will be offered, and therefore, we still invite you to apply.

General Timeline

Application cycle opens Dec. 15, 2023
Application cycle closes Feb. 11, 2024
Notification of awards no later than late March.
Completion of research can be done anytime from end of school year (early May) to beginning of next school year (mid-August)


If you have questions regarding student research programs for our department, email our education administrator Stefani Coleman.