Medical Student Research Day

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) hosts the annual Medical Student Research Day to showcase and share new knowledge contributed by students through their investigative studies.

The 2021 Medical Student Research Day was held on Thursday, March 18. This is the second time in its history that, in light of the global pandemic, the Icahn School of Medicine celebrated the accomplishments, curiosity, and rigorous research of the medical student body virtually.

The 2021 Medical Student Research Day is now in its 26th year since being founded by former Medical Student Research Office Director, Karen Zier, PhD, Professor Emeritus. In 2018, Medical Student Research Day was renamed in Dr. Zier’s honor, at the start of her retirement, and has since been led by the current MSRO Director, Mary Rojas, PhD.

Medical Student Research Day typically culminates with four presentations in the Leo C. Stern Auditorium. This year’s scheduled presenters were third-year medical student, Mnami Tokuyama; and second-year medical students Emma Klein, Jeffrey Okewunmi, and Kevin Weiss whose research findings ranged on subjects from symptom resolution and survival of COVID-19 to racial disparities in medical care.

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Medical Student Research Day participants!

The 2021 Medical Student Research Day Abstract Book is available for download and featured below.

The Icahn School of Medicine invites all medical students to present their research. Students who receive Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai funding for a summer research project commit to presenting for Research Day. Only research conducted during medical school is eligible to present at Research Day.  Students can conduct their work at ISMMS or at another institution.

The Research Day Advisory Committee reviews all submitted abstracts and selects projects for oral presentations. Among the strongest abstracts, the Committee looks for a range of research methods and topics to showcase.