Student Research


Research Opportunities for Students

The Student Research Program was developed to instill in University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine students a sense of scientific curiosity and excitement about the benefits of research.

Research can be an important part of medical education. Insights gained through the approach to research and its techniques helps prepare physicians to continue their education independently after leaving medical school and residency. Students who conduct research are better able to determine whether it should be a component of their future medical careers.

The School of Medicine faculty encourages students to participate in research projects in any field of interest. Commitment time can vary, from a summer rotation to a year or more depending on the opportunity.

If you are interested in being connected with a student research opportunity, please submit the Student Research Information Form to

Potential Research Funding

Sarah Morrison Award: The goal of the Sarah Morrison Award is to help students learn the value and application of research in the study and practice of medicine by providing funds (up to $2,500) to support the expenses of such research.


Presenting Research

Student Research DayThe UMKC Student Research Summit is an event where students can showcase their research through poster and oral presentations. Several cash prizes are awarded based on excellence.

Required Research Certifications

It is the responsibility of the students’ mentors to implement the requirements of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for studies involving animals and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as applicable, for studies involving human research subjects.  In addition, mentors and students are responsible for conducting their research in accordance within University and institutional affiliates’ research policies. Projects presented at a meeting or conference must reference the appropriate IACUC, IRB approval.


For More Information

Frequently Asked Student Research Questions
Student Research Information Form

Office of Research Administration
UMKC School of Medicine, Rm M4-308