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Research Opportunities for Students

Medical students located on the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford have many opportunities to participate in basic, clinical or community-based research. The Office of Research mentors and connects students to researchers in the surrounding communities and provides assistance with study design, IRB requirements and statistical analysis.  Additionally, they offer several programs specifically targeting students interested in research:

James Scholar Program – An honors program where selected students are paired with faculty research mentors who guide the student’s independent research project over the course of three to four years. Students are allocated a small budget for research expenses and travel costs associated with presenting their project at a national conference.  Annually, 30 to 35 medical students participate in the program.

Walter Rice Craig Fellowship Program – The Walter Rice Craig Fellowship Program enables selected medical students to engage in research under the guidance of a UICOMR faculty member the summer between their first and second years. The research must be conducted at the UICOMR.  Students are eligible to receive a $2,700 stipend and are expected to work on their project during the summer months. 2019 Craig Fellowship Call For Proposals

Community, Clinical Research and Educational Grant Award – Funding for research that improves healthcare delivery or expands the body of knowledge in an area of clinical research, educational research, and/or improves health in the community. The types of projects sought are those that provide the foundation for development of larger grants and/or develop, enhance or expand clinical, education or community research.  Five student awards of up to $2,000 are awarded annually. Educational And Community Health Reserach Grant Application STUDENT 10 25 16

Student & Resident Research Travel Award – The Student & Resident Research Travel Award is awarded to a medical student or resident who is presenting as a first author at a national conference.  Up to $1,000 in reimbursement for conference registration and travel expenses is awarded. APPLICATION Medical Student Resident Travel Award

Rural Health – Medical students interested in conducting research on rural topics should contact Martin MacDowell, DrPH, ( or Michael Glasser, PhD, ( from the National Center for Rural Health Professions.

Other Research Opportunities – Learn about opportunities for fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships and grants that are available in the United States and abroad by searching the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) web-based searchable database that allows students to search for opportunities by type, specialty, duration, and location:

Additional summer research opportunities at other academic institutions and organizations:

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