Distinction in Research: Student Guidelines
Requirements for graduation with Distinction in Research
In order to qualify for graduation with Distinction in Research, students must:
- Be in good academic standing at the School of Medicine.
- Publish a first author manuscript on an original research study in a peer-reviewed journal and submit a completed application, including a copy of the manuscript, to the Medical Student Research Office by March 1 of the fourth year. Review articles and case reports do not qualify.
- Submit a letter from the mentor endorsing the submission and supporting the student's application for Distinction in Research.
- Submit a manuscript on the research project to the Medical Student Research Office if their manuscript has not yet been accepted for publication by February 1 of the fourth year. An ad hoc Distinction in Review committee will make the decision as to whether the manuscript is of publishable quality and qualifies the student to graduate with Distinction in Research. If this option is chosen, the student will be asked to suggest the names of 4 or 5 potential reviewers who have agreed to serve on the ad hoc committee. Reviewers should be familiar with the field, but not associated with the project. Please submit contact information for reviewers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc email@example.com.
- Submit letter from the mentor endorsing the submission and supporting the student's application for Distinction in Research.
Recognition of Achievement
Students who graduate with Distinction in Research will have it noted in their Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), in the Commencement Program and on their diplomas.
Application Form [DOC]
Medical Student Research