Medical Student Research Experience in the Department of Surgery

We’re thrilled to have you join our team in the Department of Surgery.  We have investigators in every division who can act as mentors in a variety of research areas, including basic science, clinical trials, health services and translational research.

In addition to your hands-on research experience, we provide a comprehensive curriculum of weekly educational sessions developed by faculty and other presenters which will cover a variety of topics related to research. This includes interactive presentations from experts in study design, methodology, human subjects, extramural funding, dissemination, and more. We will also cover important topics relating to mentorship and career development. The goal of this series is to gain an understanding of research fundamentals, as well as develop practical research skills. We look forward to supporting you in your growth as a researcher.

If you are an Ohio State medical student and would like to explore working with a Department of Surgery investigator, please submit your information below. Please note that we are only able to accommodate Ohio State students at this time.

Apply to work with a DOS investigator

Research experience in the Department of Surgery is generally unpaid, however, multiple scholarship opportunities exist, including: 

Olga Jonasson Women in Surgery Summer Research Fellowship

The summer research fellowship in the Department of Surgery offers women who have just completed their first year of medical school the chance to explore clinical research at The Ohio State University.  The department supports a variety of topics including surgical health outcomes, health care disparities, translational inflammation analysis, among others.  The summer research fellowship seeks to use real-world research opportunities to provide exposure to translational medicine.  This will be complimented with clinical shadowing experience by your chosen mentor in the Department of Surgery.  The goal is to provide a robust, intensive exposure to academic surgery for promising female medical students from female surgeons in the field.


  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident enrolled in a United States medical school 
  • Are a woman and have completed your first year of medical school by the start of the fellowship
  • Can commit to an appointment of 8 weeks starting May 6, 2024
  • Local or within commuting distance to Columbus, OH

To Apply

Please complete the following application by March 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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College of Medicine MDSR Scholarship

Medical student research scholarships support medical research to be performed at Ohio State under the mentorship of College of Medicine appointed faculty. These scholarships are awarded through an annual competitive application process. Students may pursue full-time research (40 hours per week) or part-time year-long research during their curriculum, as approved by their Academic Program Director. They may also apply to the Associate Dean for Medical Education or the Associate Dean for Student Life for a year-long leave of absence to pursue research for up to one year.  The MDSR scholarships are funded through the Samuel J. Roessler Memorial Medical Scholarship Fund, the Banes & Bennett Memorial Scholarships and the Watts Mount Medical Research Scholarship.

Apply for the MDSR Scholarship

SAGES Medical Student Summer Research Awards 

The Medical Student Summer Research Award is open to all medical students who have a designated SAGES Member Mentor to supervise their planned research proposal. You do not have to be a SAGES member.

Apply for the Medical Student Research Award

CCTS Summer Research Scholarship

The scholarship provides stipend support in the amount of $5,000 for the summer to an Ohio State graduate student who is enrolled in a PhD or master's degree program in a health science field, to enable the student to conduct a patient-oriented and/or translational research project during the summer term.

Apply for the CCTS Summer Research Scholarship

TL1 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program

Medical students are encouraged to apply for National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored TL1 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (CCTS-TL1), offered through the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). The CCTS-TL1 program is part of a comprehensive program at OSU to advance research education and training in multidisciplinary clinical and translational investigation targeted at the improvement of human health. Medical students are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

 Apply to the CCTS-TL 1 Program