BCOM Medical Student Summer Research Experience


The purpose of the Summer Research Experience is to provide BCOM medical students the opportunity to participate in BCOM faculty-driven research and creative scholarship during the summer.  This program 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 BCOM faculty member.  Program 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 3rd, 2020, and will culminate with Medical Student Research Day on July 17th, 2020.

Program Dates and Deadlines:

Faculty application deadline November 4th, 2019
Abstracts released to students December 2nd, 2019
Student application deadline February 2nd, 2020
Student and project matching February 14th, 2020
Award/Acceptance notification February 21st, 2020
Orientation Day June 3rd, 2020
Medical Student Research Day July 17th, 2020


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 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 BCOM campus during orientation week on July 17th, 2020.  MSRD celebrates medical student research accomplishments and provides the opportunity for student participants to present their research.  Participants of the Medical Student Summer Research Experience are required to present their research projects during a formal poster 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.

For more information on MSRD, please click the 2019 MSRD link in the menu above.

Steven J. Ontiveros, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Director of Student Research, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
3501 Arrowhead Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Office Number: 321
Office Phone: (575) 674-2331
Email: sjontiveros@bcomNM.org or research@bcomNM.org