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Student Opportunities

The SIU School of Medicine offers a broad range of learning opportunities to prepare students for a variety of medical careers. An important educational experience for some students is participation in basic or clinical research. The Medical Student Research Policy was created to encourage qualified students to become involved in substantive projects and to set guidelines for elective credit for research activity.

Graduate programs are available in Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry that provide training leading to either the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Information for these programs is available on the Pharmacology site and the MMIBC site.

The Mentored Professional Enrichment Experience (MPEE) is an optional eight-week elective between the first and second years of medical school. MPEE is an opportunity for SIU-SOM medical students to pursue interests in research and career development. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, an initial question is developed, a method to obtain an answer is designed, clear goals and objectives to achieve an outcome are established and the conclusions of this work are presented before an audience of faculty and peers. This is an opportunity complete with the possibility of obtaining funding to defray expenses during the summer session.
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The Directory of Research Mentors provides a list of faculty and their research focus, who are willing to mentor medical students interested in research. Mentors are available for MPEE participants and other students interested in research.
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