Student Research


Opportunities abound for those interested in research.

Although our medical students are not required to conduct research, 95 percent of our students do; it’s hard to resist the temptation to give it a try when you are surrounded by exciting and abundant opportunities for learning and discovery.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced student investigator, there’s a place for you to join in the discovery process and take your interests to the next level. It doesn’t matter if your interests are clinical or basic, Dean Koong-Nah Chung can help you figure out what you want to do and match you up with a research mentor in no time flat.

Learn more about medical student research

The research environment

  • The research enterprise at Washington University is among the most extensive in the world. Renowned and gifted faculty investigators help students learn how discovery takes place and influences the way we practice medicine at the edge of what is known. Areas of investigation include
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Developmental biology
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics and genome science
  • Imaging
  • Immunology
  • Infectious disease
  • Neuroscience
  • You name it — many, many more

A spectrum of opportunities

Students may do as little or as much research as they like. Opportunities range from summer research programs to year-long research opportunities.

Any of these research experiences may serve as stepping stones to more advanced levels of investigation and to graduate degree programs including master’s degrees and PhDs.

A Noteworthy Facility

The BJC Institute of Health at Washington University, created by an initiative known locally as BioMed21, represents a multidisciplinary and translational-research facility where learners from all levels — students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and faculty — tackle the biggest questions about diseases: their origins, how they affect us and how we can cure them. Made possible by investments of more than $300 million from private donors and from NIH.