MD Student Research

Medical Student Research Opportunities

Medical students can identify potential research mentors and collaborators using the GW Faculty Researcher Database. The database includes researchers at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Children’s, and the School of Public Health and can be searched by disease, or translational level (T0-T1 basic research, T2 clinical research, T3, T4 translational and implementation research). Find researchers nationwide with NIH Reporter. Meet with Director of Medical Student Research, Dr. David Leitenberg to discuss opportunities. Contact him at

Medical Student Research Funding

Once students identify a research mentor, and confirm a research project with the group, it’s important to seek fellowships to support summer, year-out or other medical student research activities. Apply for  national fellowships and awards to support your summer research. Review the W.T. Gill Jr. Summer Research Fellowship  and the Health Services Research Fellowships. Many applications are due January through March for summer research.

Clinical and Translational Research Scholarly Concentration

The  Scholarly Concentration in Clinical and Translational Research  offers a longitudinal, in-depth research opportunity for GW medical students to explore new research areas, form new mentors, reinforce research skills, and build new research competencies. Applications due in October require statement of interest and curriculum vitae.

Beaumont Medical Student Research Society

The Beaumont Medical Student Research Honors Society welcomes GW medical students interested in research. Established in 1935 and named after William Beaumont, a pioneer in physiologic investigation, the Society’s objectives are to stimulate interest and further enhance biomedical research. Today the Society plays an important role in informing medical students about potential research opportunities at GW, our partner Children’s National, the NIH and institutions around the country. The Society takes responsibility for preparation of Fusion, the student-led research journal. The Beaumont Medical Student Research Honors Society plans meetings to share research experiences, hear from others, and form a supportive research community.

Fusion Magazine

Fusion is GW’s annual medical student research journal. Fusion provides a forum to share research done by GW medical students with the larger research community. Submissions may focus on clinical, basic science, medical education and public health research. Fusion is released at GW Research Day each April.

Beaumont Fellow Scholarships at Research Day

From Fusion submissions, up to three students are selected to receive The William Beaumont Research Award cash-prizes, and the opportunity to give an oral presentation at Research Day.