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Iowa Medical Student Research Program

The Carver College of Medicine has been supporting medical student research since the 1960s. In 2000, the Iowa Medical Student Research Program (IMSRP) was established to develop, organize, and integrate several different programs that are related to medical student research. Although research is not a required activity for applicants to Iowa, once admitted, students are strongly encouraged to consider research opportunities available on campus. The long term objective of the IMSRP is to encourage more students to participate in a summer research program, and to continue their engagement with scientific research throughout medical school training and beyond. The Research Distinction Track has graduated more than 200 students since its inception. We have a cadre of around 200 dedicated faculty mentors who are enthusiastic about working with students in their research activities. If you are interested in identifying a mentor or possible research projects you can find them in our mentor database. These faculty represent a broad cross-section of the Carver College of Medicine and includes representatives from all departments.

Coming up: Call for Summer Research Fellowship Applications

The Iowa Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) call for applications from M1 students is now open at To access the application click "University of Iowa Login" on the web page (or the login link in the upper right corner) and use your HawkID and password. In the list of applications click on the title "2017 M1 Iowa Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF)". Follow the online instructions to complete the application and submit all materials by the deadline date noted.

The Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) application for newly admitted students (pre-M1) is also available at Follow the instructions above, but click on the link titled "2017 Pre-M1 Iowa Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF)".