​Application Process

Applications to the program will be accepted from students who are in the first three years of the medical curriculum; have distinguished themselves in coursework at Washington University School of Medicine and hold no academic encumbrances. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and rigor of the proposed research project
  • Excellence of the research environment of the proposed mentor
  • Strength of the applicant’s academic record

The first step in applying is the selection of a research mentor and identification of a research project. Mentor selection may be facilitated by consulting members of the MA/MD Committee, faculty members and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Research Interests Web Page. Mentors must be full-time faculty of Washington University. Questions about the appropriateness of a proposed project may be directed to the Director of the MA/MD Committee, Dr. Deborah Rubin at drubin@wustl.edu.

Upon selection of a mentor, the student should contact the program administrator, Mrs. Liz Bayer (bayere@wustl.edu) in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences to discuss funding mechanisms for the research year.

The final step in applying to the program is the submission of the on-line MA/MD Application. After clicking the Apply button below, you will login using your WUSTL Key  to access the application; which consists of a research proposal, personal statement and past research descriptions. Upon submission the applicant's mentor will be contacted and asked to provide a letter of support and current NIH Biosketch.

The Research Proposal

The proposal includes a statement of the research problem, the relevance and significance of the work, and the methodologies and data analyses to be used. Although the written proposal should be the work of the student, it is understood that the sponsor will provide guidance in its preparation. The project should be such that it is feasible to complete within the one-year time frame of the fellowship.


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