The UAB Department of Surgery is actively engaged in a variety of research areas and encourages medical students to enhance their training through research opportunities. Mentored research opportunities are available through the STREAMS program in basic science, translational, clinical, outcomes and education research.

The following list offers potential mentors and projects for medical students interested in research in summer 2020: pdfView PDF of 2020 research opportunities here.

Note: This is just a partial listing of active mentors. Many other surgeons will mentor a student if a mutual interest is identified as well. Students may also view the department’s research section to learn about other ongoing projects and contact investigators to arrange a meeting to discuss available opportunities.

Eight- or ten-week experiences are available. Students desiring stipend support must apply via the UAB SOM MSSRP Common Application.

To optimize your chance of receiving funding, apply for:

  • Department of Surgery Summer Research Program/STREAMS,
  • Short-Term Training in Health Professional Schools (NIH T35 - SRTP) and
  • all other programs relevant to your research project.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Rebecca Turner at or (205) 934-2592. 

If you need additional guidance to identify a mentor, please contact Kristi Herritz at

STREAMS is supported by NIH/NIDDK T35DK116670.