The Inaugural Graduate Research Education Office, under the leadership of Associate Dean Gillian Bartlett, provides opportunities to pursue research training at all stages of learning at the School of Medicine.

Get a taste and experience the excitement of discovery in undergraduate and medical student summer research fellowships. Integrate more formal research and clinical training by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in addition to a medical degree. Kick-start your career as an independent investigator with graduate programs complimented by a variety of specialized certificates.

Our office provides support for research education and training for undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows, staff, and Faculty. The office is supported by the School of Medicine Office of Research and with advice and strategic support from the School of Medicine Research Council.

Undergraduate Programs

Summer Research Experience for U.S. Residents

GREO in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Community, Professional Proficiency and Student Success (CaPS) coordinates several summer research opportunities that support students full-time mentored research under the direction of a School of Medicine faculty member. Details on programs for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. can be found below.

Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences

Summer Research Program in Translational Biomedicine

Summer Research Experience for International

For international students not currently studying at the University of Missouri, GREO and CaPS offers two visiting scholarships in partnership with the Pan-African Organization for Health, Education and Research and two visiting scholarships for students from the University of Western Cape.

Medical Student Programs

MU Summer Research Fellowship

The Summer Research Fellowship program supports original medical student research under the direct supervision of a faculty member by rising M2s. Find research opportunities within the School of Medicine through this database. You can filter by principal investigator, desired medical sub-specialty, research focus and more.

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Students receive stipends while working for eight to 10 weeks on projects proposed by faculty members while completing introductory research training. Funding of $3,000 is provided to each summer research fellow. Applications open February 5 and are reviewed by the Research Council.

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MU Travel and Publication Awards

The Office of Research has allocated funds to reimburse medical students for up to $1,500 per student to attend a national or international conference to present their research findings obtained during research fellowships, including summer research and MD-PhD training. In cases where a strong justification is provided, travel to attend a conference that is critical to career development will be supported. In addition, funds have been allocated for publication expenses in a recognized peer-review journal (up to $1,000 per publication) for research where a medical student or MD-PhD is a co-author.

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External Training Opportunities

If you have identified other opportunities for research training, such as the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, an expression of interest needs to be completed prior to the application deadline.

Expression of Interest include requests for letters of support and/or letters of good standing.

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Combined Degrees with MD

Fulfill your interest in a research or academic career by working toward a combined MD and MS or MD and PhD degree. Following your acceptance into medical school at the University of Missouri, you may be accepted by a dual-degree committee. Your course of study must satisfy the requirements for the doctoral degree. Choose from doctoral programs through the School of Medicine or from other schools and colleges on campus (see Graduate Degree Programs).

MD-PhD Degree Program

Be part of the new generation of physician-scientists who apply research discoveries to patient care. Physician-scientists who complete an MD-PhD program are uniquely qualified to conduct, lead and train others in translational—or bench-to-bedside—research. Learn more about the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Graduate Degree Programs

Pursue a standalone MSc or PhD at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Following your application to the University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies, your application will be reviewed by your program of choice.

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Certificates and Training Programs

Graduate Certificates

Take your professional career and/or graduate education to the next level with a graduate certificate. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking learners are eligible to apply.

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Training Program for Aging (BETA)

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Training Program for Aging (BETA) is a National Institute of Aging (NIA/NIH) funded training program administered at the University of Missouri. The BETA program is to train the scientific workforce to impart a broad set of skills and knowledge required for translation-focused and multidisciplinary roles in modern academic career positions.

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Next Gen Precision Health Clinical Trial Investigator Training

The Next Gen Precision Health Clinical Trial Investigator Training is a five-session educational program designed for investigators who currently lead or would like to lead clinical trials. The series includes lectures and panel discussions from leaders across the University of Missouri system, as well as Washington University in St. Louis, to define the regulatory, operational, and ethical components of clinical trials, with the goal of developing a skilled workforce that provides the highest level of patient safety, teamwork, and data quality. The program also covers institution-specific resources for investigators.

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KL2 Program with Washington University

The KL2 Career Development Awards Program provides high-quality, multidisciplinary training in clinical and translational research to promote the career development of future clinical investigators. This program provides financial support and benefits that allow scholars to focus on mentored, multidisciplinary research, supplemented by applicable coursework. Information and applications can be found on the Clinical Research Training Center site.

TL1 Post-doctoral Training Program with Washington University

Open to all qualified postdoctoral applicants. The objective of the TL1 Postdoctoral Training Program is to demystify the processes of translating research findings, including studying the methods to disseminate and implement new findings. The program has the broad ability to include research projects in late-stage preclinical, first-in-human, clinical, translational, patient-oriented research, population health and community engagement, and biomedical informatics. Applications can be made at the Clinical Research Training Center site.