Help our medical students become the best doctors they can be. With your support, they can spend a summer conducting research that benefits the community. Our faculty are excellent mentors. We just need your help covering the costs for each student.

Donations ended on 3/11/2021

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Summer Research Fellowship

The FSU College of Medicine encourages medical students at all levels to seek research opportunities that will enhance their experiences and help them develop and refine their scientific and clinical interests. Summer Research Fellowships, a highly competitive program during which students are mentored by our best scientists and clinicians, are one way the college fosters student interest in discovery. 

Students and their faculty mentors work together to design research projects, which students then write up as proposals to conduct their research. Upon review and scoring by a committee, the students who write the top scoring proposals are awarded a $4000 fellowship to complete their proposed work over the summer and present their work at a poster session in the fall semester. For these students, the experience is priceless.

“No matter how much planning you do, even though it’s important, things don’t always go your way,” said Ryan Earwood (M.D. '20). “So what I really learned from my Summer Research Fellowship was to continue working, and to have patience, to wait for those results to come. Because they always do come.”

The Summer Research Fellowships program has funded 194 student projects since 2005. The program provides benefits to our students and the broader research community. As they contribute to solving problems ranging from the molecular level in labs to the patient level in clinical sites, students gain new skills and enhance their critical thinking abilities. Research experiences not only bolster students’ residency applications but also inspire them to take advantage of opportunities after medical school. Undoubtedly, the lessons learned and students’ contributions to science through this program extend far beyond the summer.

“Given new technological advancements and even newer medical challenges to solve, medical students are becoming more and more likely to want research experiences,” said Suzanne Baker, assistant dean for graduate programs and medical student research. “We are lucky to have faculty members across all of our departments conducting a wide range of research.” But those costs are not easily covered, and we want to be able to support even more students. 

Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
College of Medicine $10,000.00 3/10/2021 11:30 PM
April Novotny & Clint Novotny   $5.00 3/10/2021 10:04 PM
Dianne Pappachristou  $50.00 3/10/2021 8:47 PM
Robert Dawson & Ande Dawson   $25.00 3/10/2021 8:45 PM
Julia An  $50.00 3/10/2021 7:36 PM
Carrie Bednarz  $50.00 3/10/2021 7:18 PM
Steven Halbreich  $100.00 3/10/2021 5:10 PM
Scott Dunn   $25.00 3/10/2021 5:06 PM
Henry Carretta  $100.00 3/10/2021 4:59 PM
John Fogarty & Diane Fogarty  $500.00 3/10/2021 4:07 PM
Kema Gadson    $25.00 3/10/2021 3:55 PM
Daniel Van Durme & Patricia  $250.00 3/10/2021 2:39 PM
Xan Nowakowski & J Sumerau   $50.00 3/10/2021 2:22 PM
Doug Carlson & Doug Carlson  $25.00 3/10/2021 2:12 PM
Jim McNeill  $50.00 3/10/2021 2:03 PM
Ava Bienkiewicz  $50.00 3/10/2021 1:55 PM
Jeffrey Joyce & Margaret Thayer  $1,000.00 3/10/2021 1:12 PM
The Baker Family  $500.00 3/10/2021 12:47 PM
Steven Latshaw  $1,000.00 3/10/2021 11:14 AM
Gloria Rollins & Raleigh Rollins  $150.00 3/10/2021 10:24 AM
Philip Giordano  $500.00 3/10/2021 10:11 AM
Lisa Scoles & Wes Scoles    $10.00 3/10/2021 10:03 AM
Nicole Bentze & Mike  $100.00 3/10/2021 9:59 AM
Amber Post  $25.00 3/10/2021 9:39 AM
Mary Cauley & Tom Foley  $100.00 3/10/2021 9:28 AM
Alma Littles & Gentle Littles  $50.00 3/10/2021 9:15 AM
Susan Lajoie & John    $100.00 3/10/2021 8:58 AM
James Tollerton & Susan  $100.00 3/10/2021 8:10 AM
Maria Pouncey  $100.00 3/10/2021 8:02 AM
Maria Pouncey  $100.00 3/10/2021 8:02 AM
susan beil $500.00 3/10/2021 6:20 AM
Anonymous Donor  $100.00 3/10/2021 6:19 AM
Adele Thackray  $50.00 3/10/2021 1:51 AM
Soordal O Prakash, MD & Shanthi Prakash, M.D.  $101.00 3/10/2021 12:11 AM

Donations for this project ended on 3/11/2021 12:00 AM

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