Faculty Lead Student Summer Projects

Medical students have the opportunity to participate in international research projects, primarily during their M1 summer. Global REACH is working to identify faculty members who might be able to serve as research mentors for students, and students can now search for faculty with contacts in various countries around the world. International opportunities abound at the Medical School for all students, M1-M4. There are opportunities for students to partner with faculty and a small group of fellow students on international projects (pdf).

The Summer Biomedical Research Program through the Office of Student Programs supports students to conduct research with any U-M faculty member, regardless of the location of the research (US or international). This program applies mainly to M1 students. Applications – including a detailed research proposal – are generally due in early February. Thus identifying a faculty mentor and a project on which to work should be done early in the M1 year.

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When contacting faculty, be sure to include basic information such as: language fluency, clinical or basic research interest, previous research/international experience, and contact information.

The Minority and Health Disparities International Health Training Program provides two M1s per year with an opportunity to participate in international research at one of several sites around the world. Students must be able to demonstrate that they meet one of the following criteria: minority status, member of a health disparities population, or that research conducted will be on a topic related to health disparities. The application process begins early in the Fall semester.