Student research is a vital component of the educational mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Its cornerstone program is the Shapiro Summer Research Program, supported by a generous endowment from the Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Foundation. Six medical students participate for eight weeks of of research between their first and second year, mentored by Emergency Medicine faculty members.
Research projects span a broad range of scientific investigation, and to enhance their summer research experience, students participate in research-skills training sessions, roundtable discussions, journal clubs and clinical shadowing. The summer session culminates in poster presentations at SMPH's annual Research Day.