Funding and Awards

MSR Travel Award

The purpose of these awards are to help defray the travel costs for medical students to present their scholarly work at professional meetings and conferences. All medical students at Penn State are eligible to apply for an award, and any research presentation by the student can qualify for an award, not just the research performed for your Medical Student Research Project.  There is no deadline, however you must apply at least 6 weeks before departure.  Several monetary awards are available – up to $500 each.


MSR Policy on Doing MSR's Abroad

The same policies and timelines apply to MSRs that are done abroad as for those done at Hershey or else where in the United States. Specifically, the student must submit a MSR proposal before leaving the country.  The proposal needs to be signed by the primary advisor and an HMC faculty member who will serve as the student's local advisor.

Note: The MSR Committee points out that to complete data acquisition and reduction for a MSR project while abroad requires a full time commitment to the research project. The Committee supports the concept of students spending time abroad in clinical settings to acquire international perspectives on health care. However, it is very unlikely that a student can do an international clinical rotation and do an MSR project simultaneously. To discuss specific opportunities, please contact Dr. Ira Ropson ( directly.