Summer Student Research Program



The Summer Student Research Program provides an eight-week research experience for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School incoming 1st year and rising 2nd year medical students, as well as undergraduate students enrolled in our combined BS/MD seven-year program.  Students accepted into the program are rquired to participate in research activites during the eight week period.  On many occasions this has been the students first research experience.  Participation allows students and unpaid interns to develop a close working relationship with their mentors.

After completing eight-weeks of research in the respective laboratories, students are required to present their research outcomes at the Summer Student Research Program Closing Ceremony held in late July.  At the closing ceremony students will present a PowerPoint presentation (5-minutes/individual & 10-minutes/group) on research their outcomes during the eight-week period. 

NOTE:  The eight-week program will begin the first week of June and conclude on or before July 31st.  This year our Kick-off to the SSRP will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at noon.

Incoming 1st year and rising 2nd year medical students approved to work on projects relating to basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences will receive a stipend in the amount of $3,000. Students enrolled in the combined BS/MD seven-year program are welcome to participate in the SSRP. However, they will be classified as unpaid interns with no obligation of funding from the University.  Late February, early March there will be an open cycle for students to submit applications for projects of interest. Students are welcome to apply to multiple projects by submitting separate applications per project.   Please use the following link to access current projects:  SSRP Student Information


This is a competitive program with a limited number of stipend funded projects. Students are required to complete an application, attach current resume, and include a brief statement indicating any prior research experience and state how it relates to the current project.  Completed applications should be emailed to: Ms. Giovanna Comer at and copy Ms. Nathaline "Elaine" Anderson at  The application and attachments will be forwarded to the Faculty Mentor for review. If the student has met the qualifications for the project he/she will be contacted by the Faculty Mentor to schedule an interview. This process could take 2-3 weeks for completion. Students are encouraged to call or email the respective Faculty Mentor regarding any questions relating to current projects.

NOTE:   Stipend support is available for a limited number of research projects. Stipend support is also reserved for incoming 1st year and rising 2nd year medical students. Undergraduate students in the combined BS/MD program may participate as an unpaid intern while fulfilling their credit requirements.


  • All students will be required to submit an abstract summarizing their research and present their abstract/poster during the SSRP Closing Ceremony.

  • Students must be in good academic standing to participate. 
  • Projects are to be carried out during an eight-week period and students should not have any research or academic obligations. Students who are actively involved in research or academic programs outside of the SSRP will not be accepted.


Students who are not enrolled at the New Jersey Medical School can apply to active research projects by submitting the Unpaid Internship Application Packet to  Please use this link to download the application: Unpaid Internship Packet


For Additional Information about the New Jersey Medical School-Summer Student Research Program e-mail Giovanna Comer: or call (973) 972-7090.