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, year long 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. 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.

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NIMHD Featured Scholars

Asmi Panigrahi
Asmi Panigrahi

Asmi Panigrahi (2018–2019 MRSP Scholar) is a rising fourth-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and was awarded a 1-year residential research fellowship at NIH through the 2018–2019 Medical Research Scholars Program. At NIH, she has been pursuing health disparities research with a focus on health behaviors and cardiometabolic health outcomes in minority populations under the mentorship of NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable. Since her first year of medical school, she has been a member of the Student Family Health Care Center, a free student-run clinic at NJMS that serves the greater Newark community; as an upperclassman, she was selected to serve as a clinic director. She also served as the co-president of the NJMS Global Health Interest Group and is a member of the NJMS Distinction Program in Global Health. Prior to medical school, Ms. Panigrahi received her undergraduate degree in biology and public health from The College of New Jersey and studied philosophy and evolution as a visiting student at the University of Oxford.


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