NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Program Helps Medical, Dental, Veterinary Students Enter the Pathway to Biomedical Research Careers

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, yearlong research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or nearby NIH facilities that matches their research interests and career goals.

The program is ideally designed for students who have completed their initial clinical rotations (i.e., typically third year). However, students with strong research interests are welcome to apply prior to having completed these rotations. Dental and veterinary students are encouraged to participate after either their second or fourth year. Accepted fourth-year students must defer graduation until completing the program.

NIMHD is proud to participate with other NIH Institutes and Centers in the MRSP. Our goal is to introduce the MRSP to medical, dental, and veterinary students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and encourage them to consider biomedical research as a career.

For more Information, visit Medical Research Scholars Program


Dr. Adam T. Hirsh, assistant professor of psychology at IUPUI
Kathryn Harris

Featured Scholar

Kathryn Harris (2016-2017 MRSP Scholar, Meharry Medical College) is the first MRSP scholar from Meharry Medical College. She is working under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Sack in the Laboratory of Mitochondrial Biology and Metabolism of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Her research focuses on the effect of nicotinamide riboside on inflammation. In 2014, Kathryn was the recipient of the Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship. The American Medical Association Minority Scholars Award program not only encourages diversity in medicine and alleviates debt, but also rewards commitment to the elimination of healthcare disparities, outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities and community involvement. Read more