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Adler Scholarship Phase IV medical students may be eligible for the Adler Award for work they have done on their Mentored Scholarly Activity projects. The donors of the award, Edgar and Marion Adler, made this gift based on Marion’s interests in serving the less fortunate, developing community health programs and support for the local community.  The scholarship was created to recognize outstanding achievement in scholarly work in honoring the Adler’s values in the following areas: 

  • Clinical Science
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Medical Education

Awards will be made up to $20,000.00. 

Alpha Omega Alpha - This link will take you to the Alpha Omega Alpha Homepage.  Scholarships are available through AOA.

American Medical Association Seed Grant Program - This link will take you to the AMA page for the seed grant program.  $2500 will help junior investigators conduct basic science or clinical research projects in the following four categories:  Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Leukemia, and Neoplastic Diseases. 

ARCS The Colorado Chapter of the national ARCS Foundation, Inc. (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) in the past have awarded ten $5,000 scholarships to the AMC Health Sciences schools. The awards go to MD, PhD or DDS degree students who have demonstrated superior research accomplishments and who are expected to continue making contributions in scientific research.

Cancer Research Summer FellowshipThrough the University of Colorado Cancer Center's Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program, every summer 35 to 40 college undergraduate students and a few advanced high school students are given the opportunity to spend ten weeks in our laboratories at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder and other Denver-area health care institutions. The goal of the program is to engage scientific curiosity in the next generation of scientists, challenging qualified college undergraduates and exceptionally gifted high school students to consider a cancer-related careers in the future.

Child Health Research Internship​ - This summer research internship will match faculty mentors in the Department of Pediatrics with rising high school seniors, college students, graduate students and first-year medical students interested in a basic or translational science research experience.   The internship will introduce students to research opportunities related to child health and will include opportunities for students to participate in a lecture research series as well as present their research at the completion of the summer internship. The Child Health Research Internship runs 9 weeks and will include a $3500 stipend for the student as well as an opportunity for funding to present data at a national research meeting.  

GEMS (Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Health Professional Students) - Research can be in many thematic areas, including basic sciences, clinical and public health.  Stipends will be $700/week for 8 weeks. 

Glaser Award - One award is given to a graduating medical student who has carried out meritorious research during medical school.

Health Innovations Scholars ProgramThe Health Innovations Scholars Program is an intensive, 5-week summer experience for medical students, which accelerates mastery of the skills necessary to be a strong physician leader and healthcare innovator. Up to 8 students are selected via a competitive application process. Program participants will receive a stipend of $2,000, and t​he program covers the cost of air travel for students enrolled in medical schools outside Colorado. All program activities are located on the Anschutz Medical Campus at University of Colorado, Denver. More information is located here or click the title link to visit the website.

The K. Louise Coulter Research Award - An award to a medical student engaged in outstanding pulmonary research.

LEADS Program - This is available to LEADS Track students only. During this 8-week program, students work with community originations to complete a project designed to improve the health and heath care of underserved Coloradoans. Participants also will participate in an 8-week curriculum focused on developing leadership skills. Participants are paid for their summer work. LEADS tack students are required to attend all summer classes (1x/week) and work the full 8-weeks with their assigned community. Participation is limited to 20 students per summer.

​Medical Student Application for Research in Otolaryngology The T32 Institutional Training in Otolaryngology Research NIDCD grant can fund up to two medical student research training slots annually.  The research proposal should be prepared with the guidance of project mentors selected from a specified list of training faculty. Research project must be related to areas of Otolaryngology including hearing/balance, taste/smell, communication/autism or head and neck cancer. Each project should have a research mentor and a clinical co-mentor. The research mentor will supervise the research in a laboratory environment and the clinical mentor will provide a clinical experience related to the selected project. Applicants must commit to at least 12 weeks of dedicated research time. Application and additional information can be found here.

The Neil and Catherine Hamilton Research Fellowship - This award is for a medical student engaging in outstanding research in the fields of cancer or multiple sclerosis. ​

NIH Year Off - This link will take you to the National Institute of Health homepage. Information about internships, research and scholarships for all degree levels can be found here.

Research Track - The SOM Research Track is a 4 year program that provides students with in-depth long term exposure to research. The Research Track serves the dual purpose of fulfilling the MSA requirements.  Students accepted to the program will receive a $4000 stipend the summer between Phase I and Phase II and again in Phase IV. 

Research Diversity ScholarshipFor Diversity scholarships, your essay should provide a diversity self-description and how your diversity has been expressed in one or more of these areas: 1) Community service;  2)  Academic excellence;  3) Volunteer work;  4)  Personal    accomplishments;  5) Service to the school or your class;  6) Scholarly achievement​. In addition, describe how you envision contributing to and enhancing the diversity of the student body and campus community and how these experiences will enrich your abilities as a physician. Multiple awards will be made in both scholarship categories, with award amounts beginning at the $5,000 level.

Rheumatology Research Preceptorships - Preceptorships encourage students and residents to learn more about rheumatology and pursue careers in the field by supporting a one-on-one, real-world learning experience. These preceptorships offer students a full-time clinical or research mentorship with an established rheumatology professional; students can choose a four- or eight-week clinical preceptorship or an eight-week research preceptorship. Award amount is: $2,000-$4,000 plus complimentary registration and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting​.

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation - The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers research opportunities for outstanding medical students to explore careers in cardiovascular research.  Applicants must be enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools.  Sarnoff Fellows conduct intensive work in a research laboratory, located in the United States, for one year.  Prior research experience is not a prerequisite.

The Schweppe Award - This award is for medical students completing outstanding research during medical school.