Medical Student Summer Research Experience

The purpose of the Summer Research Experience is to provide Burrell College medical students the opportunity to participate in Burrell College faculty-driven research and creative scholarship during the summer.  This experience is designed for students that are interested in enhancing their research proficiency outside of the formal class structure.  Participants will engage in mentored research and creative scholarship during a 6-week summer experience by working closely with a Burrell college faculty member.  Student participants are matched with a faculty mentor in an area of interest and will assist with the execution of the project.  The Summer Research Experience will begin on June 2nd, 2021, and will culminate with Medical Student Research Day on July 16th, 2021.

Program Dates and Deadlines:

Faculty application opens September 1, 2020
Faculty application deadline November 2, 2020
Student application opens &
abstracts released to students
December 4, 2020
Student application deadline February 2, 2021
Student and project matching February 19, 2021
Award/Match notifications March 12, 2021
*Orientation Day June 2, 2021
Medical Student Research Day July 16, 2021

*Orientation Day may be held virtually and/or over the course of two days on June 2nd & 3rd, 2021

This experience aims to mentor participants in the practice of designing and implementing research and creative scholarship; therefore, participants are expected to dedicate full commitment to the project.  Although the conditions and demands will vary from project-to-project, student participants are expected to attend Orientation Day, actively engage throughout the duration of the 6-week experience and attend summer workshops, and present their findings at Medical Student Research Day.

Medical Student Research Day:
Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) is an annual, one-day event that will be held on Burrell College campus during orientation week.  MSRD celebrates medical student research accomplishments and provides the opportunity for student participants to present their research.  Participants of the Summer Research Experience are required to present their research projects during a formal session to fellow students, faculty, judges, and other attendees.  Presentations will be judged, and awards will be given for the best presentations within the four basic categories: biomedical science, clinical science and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), population and public health, and medical education.  MSRD schedule of events also includes lunch for student presenters, an inspiring keynote address, and dinner with the keynote speaker for award winners.

Steven J. Ontiveros, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
3501 Arrowhead Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Office Number: 321
Office Phone: (575) 674-2331
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