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Student Research

Medical student research opportunities at the USC School of Medicine Greenville reflect the diverse interests of the student body and align with national priorities in meeting the complex health needs of local, regional and national populations.

The school’s unique partnership with Prisma Health–Upstate provides research activities along the continuum of clinical translational research. Students may participate in select areas of bench research; however, 80% of projects address research questions related to the health delivery system and investigate care innovations to meet this challenge in a dynamic clinical and policy environment.

Minimum Requirements

Projects can be short-term (approximately eight weeks), or students may have the opportunity to work on projects longitudinally and continue research work even through residency. A select number of projects are funded based on availability of resources. Limited travel funds are provided for conference dissemination of student research projects. 

Eligibility: Medical students who have completed one semester and are in good academic and professional standing

Mentorship: All students must work with a research mentor. Students may find their own research mentor or contact the Director of the Medical Student Research Office for opportunities to work with an established research mentor.

All students must contact the school’s Research and Regulatory Coordinator and have USC CITI training and IRB registration prior to the start of the project. There are no exceptions to this policy. At the end of the research experience, students must submit a short describing their findings and submit a completion survey regarding their research experience.

Let's Get Started 

Know your research interest but not sure where to start? Contact our staff to connect with a research mentor and learn about options for designing a custom research program.


Office of Research Contacts

Anna Blenda, Ph.D.
Director of Research

Victoria Costello
Research Program Manager

Kirby Allen
Research Coordinator

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