medical scientist training program

research paper prize competition


You are invited to submit a paper describing any research you have done during your time as a student in the MD or MD/PhD program for consideration by the Medical Student Research Prize faculty committee. Research in any field related to medicine is acceptable.

NOTE: Once a student receives one of these awards, he or she is not eligible for the competition in future years.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers may be published or unpublished.
  • There is no required format / layout for the paper.
  • Review articles may NOT be submitted.
  • Students may submit ONLY ONE PAPER for consideration.

In addition to the paper you must also submit:

  • A brief letter of reference from your mentor indicating your role on the project (This may be in the form of a letter addressed "Dear Selection Committee Members.")
  • A title page indicating your name, title of paper, mentor name, and year in medical school
  • If you are not the first author, please provide a short, separate description of your participation in the research

It is preferred that you combine your materials in one pdf document in the following order:

  • Title page
  • If not first author, short description of research
  • mentor letter
  • paper

Please submit your paper via email to David Bittner at

A tentative list of prizes appears here. Please note that this list is provided only to give you a sense of the number and range of prizes. Students are NOT expected to specify that they would like to be considered for a particular award.

Awards will be announced in late March.

If you have questions about the Research Prize contest, please contact David Bittner (