About Us

Medical Student Research Program

Dr. George Harrell, the founding Dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, established the Medical Student Research (MSR) program as an integral part of this medical school's curriculum. It is a requirement for the M.D. degree. The MSR program gives each medical student with an opportunity to participate in mentored medical research. Students gain an understanding of the research process, limitations and variability of data, and application of research to clinical practice. The MSR program provides the Penn State medical student with a distinct enhancement of his/her application for residency and other post graduate programs.


The goal of the Penn State College of Medicine Medical Student Research (MSR) Project is to ensure that each medical student gains an understanding of the research process.  This will be accomplished by participating in an original research project.  As result, the student will appreciate the application of research to their future practice of clinical medicine.  

While we encourage our student’s involvement in every step of research from hypothesis generation through publication, our expectations are that the student will articulate an hypothesis, collect or extract data, analyze the data, reach an appropriate conclusion, and write a scientific report summarizing their work.