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Logistics of Student Research

Time Available for Research

Practically all students begin research work during the summer following their first year. For example, during the summer of 2020, 80 (of 84) first year medical students remained in New Haven to work with faculty members on a wide variety of projects. Stipends are available to support this summer research and other periods when full-time research is performed. Many students continue their research work in the afternoons, evening and weekends during the second year of medical school. In September 2015 the curriculum was revised whereby the first year and one half (excluding the summer between 1st and 2nd year which is reserved for research) is focused on an integrated organ-based curriculum with required clerkships beginning in January of the second year and continuing until January of the 3rd year. A major advantage of this curriculum revision is that the last 17 months are free for research and other activities (from January of the third year until graduation). Thus, a total of 10 to 12 months are currently available for research by each Yale student during the traditional four years of medical school.

A reminder: We recommend that the actual time devoted to data collection (laboratory or other) be accomplished in a ten-to-sixteen week period or its equivalent in days. Additional time is then needed for planning and literature review, for evaluation of data and final write-up. Stipend support is for full-time periods when students are carrying out the research, but financial support is not provided for writing the thesis.

For information on funding opportunities, go to Funding Opportunities.

The Yale System and Student Research

The Yale System provides students with the time, flexibility, and mentorship support that fosters outstanding research.