Research & Innovation
Moving Medicine Forward
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is home to more than 3,000 people dedicated to scientific research, studying common and rare illnesses, from cancer and heart disease to Parkinson’s and pandemic influenza. These efforts have led to therapies that have saved countless lives and improved human health locally, in the region, and across the globe.
Over the last five years, URMC has garnered more than $1.18 billion in biomedical research funding, landing the University in the top 26th percentile of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding. Coupled with one million square feet of state-of-the-art research space, and high-end support services and shared resources, we’re building upon this strong legacy of research every day.
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Medical Student Research
Funded by a $1.5 million dollar gift to the medical school, the Alexander and Lucy Levitan Endowment for Medical Student Research Fellowships were established to support intellectual curiosity in medical students through a year out research experience. Awarded based upon the merit of the research project and financial need, three students annually will receive a stipend and additional financial support and will be designated Levitan Fellows. Research projects can be in the areas of basic science, clinical or health services.
Academic Research Track
The Academic Research Track (ART) is a program for medical students considering a research experience as part of their education or career. ART is a combination of educational modules and funded, mentored research. Taught in small seminars, modules introduce research concepts including formulating a research question, measurements, data gathering and presentation, obtaining research funding and writing for publication. There is also a module on mentoring and being mentored. These dynamic sessions help students think about science as they plan for a mentored research experience often following the second or third year of medical school. ART is funded in part by the University of Rochester’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (an NIH-funded enterprise), with additional endowed funding. Applications are competitive for the available slots. Funding consists of a stipend and coverage of a Masters tuition (for those in SMD Masters programs only for slots funded by the CTSI). Pursuit of a Masters degree is not required, but may be completed concurrently, with the mentored research experience.
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