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Phase III Expectations

    • Attend MSA lectures during ICCs
    • Utilize non-curriculum time or intersessions and other times for investigation or refinement of project
    • Communicate regularly with mentor regarding progress on project
    • Communicate with your Associate Director by the end of the Fall semester (during ICC)
    • Submit MSA update Form
    • Mentor and Associate Director review and sign. This can be done by e-mail from the mentor. 


Phase III Course Requirements and Timeline

    • Meet with mentor as necessary
    • Meet with Associate Director by the end of the Fall semester (during ICC)
    • Serve as student evaluator at Annual Student Research Forum in December
    • Submit MSA plan form or updated plan form by May 4th (this is the final exam equivalent for the MSA course)
              • ​​​​​​​Complete a Plan Form - If you have a new project.
              • ​​​​​​Complete an updated Plan Form - if you have same project from Phase II.
              • If you do not have a project and need assistance, contact your Associate Director.

    If you have questions or problems that are not answered through the student FAQ's please email to request a meeting with one of the Associate Directors.

    Completion of your updated Comprehensive Plan Form will aid in your residency applications during Phase IV.

    MSA Course Syllabus​


    Biostatistical support - The Research Consulting Laboratory is available without charge to MSA students. The RCL can help with study design, power & sample size calculations, data analysis and interpretation. You can make an appt. by calling 303-724-4619,, or stop by room W3132 in Building 500. Please be sure to identify yourself as an MSA student.

    COMIRB - COMIRB approval is required for all students conducting human subjects research. You will need to complete required training in order to submit a protocol or be added to an existing protocol.

    Health Science Library - The MSA program has a librarian assigned for each of the 5 thematic areas who can help with professional grade searches for background sections of proposals and with systematic reviews.

    Projects Seeking Students - There are a number of longitudinal projects that seek students to take an active role. This link will provide a brief project description as well as the contact information for either the mentor or a student working on the project.

    Writing Center - The Writing Center is available to assist with your writing for your MSA proposals and with scholarly papers that may result from your MSA project. The Writing Center is located in the HS library.

    FAQ's about the MSA program

    Funding Opportunities for MSA projects

    Tips for finding and working with a mentor