The goal of the M.D. with Honors in Research Program is to encourage and recognize achievements in biomedical research by students of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University other than those in the M.D./Ph.D. programs. Weill Cornell medical students who have been awarded a Ph.D. degree prior to matriculating are also not eligible. In order to obtain the degree, the student must successfully complete a laboratory or clinical research project, at Weill Cornell or one of its affiliated medical centers, supervised by a member of the Weill Cornell faculty who is actively involved in research. Research projects may be undertaken at other research institutions with prior approval. All projects must be approved by the Student Research Committee, as well as the faculty supervisor. Research work may be done at any time during the student's tenure in the Medical College. Time commitment to the project may vary from summer work and electives to a year of full time research.
Awarding of the degree of M.D. with Honors in Research will be based upon the quality of the research project submitted by the student. The student should complete a body of work that will comprise a scientific paper of a quality suitable for publication in a major scientific journal. The research report, endorsed by the faculty sponsor, will be submitted to the Chairman of the Student Research Committee by February of the year of the expected degree. The paper is reviewed by two referees, and approved by the Student Research Committee.
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