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Graduate and Medical Student Research Opportunities

PCOM designs research experiences for medical and graduate students to stimulate the imagination, gain knowledge and instill commitment to evidence based practices.

PCOM investigators are committed to training students in research methodologies and honing their communication skills. In turn, students contribute to formulation of hypotheses, data collection and sharing of information in a collegial atmosphere within the laboratory, patient care center or clinical research facility.

Information for Graduate and Medical Student Researchers

How can I get involved with research at PCOM?

There are numerous opportunities for medical and graduate students at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia to get involved with PCOM research projects.

  • Read our research related webpages.
  • Read about our research focus areas that may be of interest to you.
  • Within the focus area pages are links to individual faculty members' research pages.
  • Additional information about faculty research can be obtained by reading their publications listed in Digital Commons. Direct links to Digital Commons are provided on the faculty research pages.
  • Review the listings for on- and off-campus research projects located in the Student Research Opportunities page accessed through the Student Research section in myPCOM.
  • Attend the Faculty Research Forum event to receive the most current information on thesis and part time research opportunities.
  • Contact faculty to discuss research projects.

Where can I view additional resources on student research?

  • Review the guidelines for student conduct in the laboratory located within the Student Research page in myPCOM.
  • All students are required to take the Responsible Conduct of Research course accessed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program website. Your faculty mentor/principal investigator will guide you to other courses that are pertinent to your project.
  • Approach your work with enthusiasm and dedication. What you learn from research experience will translate into other aspects of your professional life.

Can I earn Federal Work-Study funds while participating in research?

Some research lab positions may allow students to earn funds through Federal Work-Study (FWS) while participating in faculty research projects.

Information for Principal Investigators

If you are a principal investigator offering a student research opportunity, please complete our research opportunities Google form or contact Jacquelyn White, PCOM Division of Research office manager, at

Student Research Spotlight

Student Research Spotlight: Georgina Boateng (DO '25)

March 24, 2022

Osteopathic medicine student Georgina Boateng has focused her research on the impact of sickle cell disease on pregnancy outcomes.

Kudos - February 2022

February 28, 2022

Faculty, staff, residents and students at PCOM's three locations are highlighted for recent achievements, awards and recent published research works.

Prahlow Named Student Researcher of the Year

February 7, 2022

With this nomination, osteopathic medical student Samuel P. Prahlow (DO '24) will compete for national honors.

Student Research Spotlight: Katie Bombly (DO '24)

February 1, 2022

PCOM South Georgia medical student investigates outcomes of populations affected by end stage renal disease in the Atlanta area.

Kudos - January 2022

January 31, 2022

January's edition of Kudos features published research on COVID-19 vaccine skin reaction and kidney stone prevention.

Neuromuscular Disease Therapy Research: David Garcia-Castro (DO/PhD '23)

January 13, 2022

Third-year DO/PhD student's research identified a potential therapeutic approach for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy.

Kudos - December 2021

December 31, 2021

PCOM faculty, residents and students published works on liver diseases, melatonin effectiveness, Pennsylvania trauma patients and more.