Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships

The NREF has offered the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF) program annually since 2008.

Fellowships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to medical students in the United States and Canada who have completed one or more years of medical school and wish to spend a summer mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Supported by direct funding from the NREF, the generosity of Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS, and a grant from the NREF Albert Rhoton Honor Your Mentor Fund, 27 MSSRFs were awarded in 2018. Applications for the summer of 2019 opens November 1, 2018 and, after review by a NREF committee, the awardees will be announced in the spring of 2019.

Next Generation Neurosurgeons

The NREF launched the MSSRF program as an investment in the future of neurosurgery. These fellowships are provided to students whose research projects are aimed at the better understanding, treatment and prevention of neurological disorders, as well as improved patient care.

I received a 2015 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship. The research supported by the Fellowship has been published in the Journal of Neurosurgeryand I’ve had the opportunity to speak at neurosurgical meetings. I want to thank the NREF for their generous support, which made this project possible. It has been a tremendous experience for me as I pursue an academic career. The Fellowship allowed me to work closely with physicians who’ve become instrumental mentors in my life and we are continuing to collaborate on new research initiatives.

- Eugene Vaios, Harvard Medical School, 2015 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship recipient

Past Recipients

2018 Fellows
2018 Aaron Cohen-Gadol Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Arjun R. Adapa

University of Michigan

Ayodamola Otun

Washington University School of Medicine

Kobina Mensah-Brown

University of Pennsylvania

Alexa Semonche, BA

University of Miami

Olindi Wijesekera

Mayo Clinic Florida

2018 Rhoton Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Sricharan Gopakumar

Baylor College of Medicine

Brian F. Jimenez

University of Tennessee

2018 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Pranish A. Kantak, MPH

University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center

Prasanth Romiyo

University of California, Los Angeles

Jordan Matthew Spatz, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Sharon Abada, MPH

Washington University

Melissa Yuan

Weill Cornell Medicine

Andrew M. Miller, BS

University of California, San Francisco

Benjamin Hopkins

Northwestern University

Rohan Gupta

Emory University

Morgan Lee

University of Southern California

Shivani Baisiwala

Northwestern University

Cole Rinehart

University of Pennsylvania

Sheantel Reihl

University of California, San Francisco

Edith Yuan

University of Southern California

Hetshree Joshi (H.BSc)

University Health Network

Whi Inh Shirley Bae

University of California Los Angeles

Austin B. Carpenter, MS, MMS

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kendyl Carlisle

The Ohio State University

Jason Anthony Liew

Johns Hopkins University

Eli Johnson

Stanford University School of Medicine

Marissa D’Souza

Stanford Medical Center

2017 Aaron Cohen-Gadol Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Dustin Roberts

University of California, Los Angeles

Mounica Reddy Paturu

Yale University

Jason K. Karimy

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Erin Nicole D'Agostino

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Ali Jamal

University of Saskatchewan

2017 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Akop Seksenyan

University of Illinois at Chicago

Vivek Sudhakar

University of California, San Francisco

Iyan Younus

Weill Cornell Medical College

Nicholas Goel

University of Pennsylvania

Huy Tram N. Nguyen

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Yongsoo Peter Joo

University of Rochester

Ben (Jiahe) Gu

Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia and Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Ali Karim Ahmed

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Felicia Sun

Stanford University School of Medicine

Connor Berlin

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Fabiha Rahman

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Elliot Neal

University of South Florida

Breydan Hawkins Wright

Washington University

Faranak Dayani Dardashti

UCSF School of Medicine

David J. McCarthy

University of Miami

Samuel Daly

University of Minnesota Medical School

Brian Christian Kaszuba

Albany Medical College

Raghav Gupta

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School

John Ta-Hsiang Tsiang

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Kenan Rajjoub

George Washington University School of Medicine

2016 Aaron Cohen-Gadol Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Patrick M. Flanigan

University of California, San Francisco

Samuel Tomlinson

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Rachel Kalani Greene

Washington University School of Medicine

Natalie Elizabeth Griffin

Washington University School of Medicine

Alessandra Hirsch

Columbia University Medical Center

Anadjeet Singh Khahera

New York University

Daniel Oyon

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Weining Yang

Toronto Western Hospital

Christopher Marnell

Weill Cornell Medical College-New York Presbyterian Hospital

Luke Alan Mugge

The Ohio State University

2016 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

Claire Collison

Albany Medical Center

Joseph Scott Hudson

University of Iowa

Prateek Agarwal

University of Pennsylvania

Krish Suresh

Northwestern University

William Roberson Johnston

Washington University, St. Louis

Vaidehi Mahadev

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Ankush Chandra

University of California, San Francisco

David J. Cote

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Michael Mathison

Washington University School of Medicine

Erin Elizabeth Good

GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Tej Deepak Azad

Stanford University School of Medicine

Lawrance Chung

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Harrison Farber

Duke University Medical Center

Sameer Farooq

New York University

André Renaldo Fernández

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Megan Hermann

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Zachary Hopkins

University of Utah

Dhruv Kumar Jain

University of Toronto

Joseph Juliano

University of Southern California

Michael Kader

NYU Langone Medical Center

Jason Kirschner

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Sneha Konda

Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine

Brandon Lucke-Wold

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Erin Patricia McCormack

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Robert Rudy

Harvard Medical School

Adam Russak

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Sanjit Shah

University of Cinncinati

Eugene Vaios

Massachusetts General Hospital

Philip Yee

Toronto Western Hospital

Jacob Stewart Young

The University of Chicago

Yin Zhao

University of Pittsburgh

Abdul-Kareem Ahmed

Brown University – Alpert Medical School

Malcolm Dombrowski

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Sarah Dooley

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

Mark Ehlers

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Paul Gamble

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Ranjit Ganguly

Ohio State University

Laureen Hachem

University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital

Sasha Halasz

Mayo Clinic

Joshua Haswell

University of Rochester

Hillary Hosier

University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Center

Ioan Lina

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Robert Maurer

Penn State University College of Medicine

Margaret McDougal

Emory University School of Medicine

Lauren Miller

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

David Sawyer

Tulane University

Rajeev Sen

NYU School of Medicine

Jeffrey Treiber

University of California, San Diego

Terence Verla

Duke University

Justin Wang

Queen’s University

Michael Zhang

University School of Medicine

Ali Alam

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Brandyn Castro

University of California, San Francisco

Tyler Cole

Stanford University School of Medicine

Kyle Gabrick

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Chad Gier

Cleveland Clinic

Emelia Hakes

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Mark Kraemer

University of Utah

Travis Ladner

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Edward Larkin

University of Pennsylvania

Stephen Miranda

University of Rochester Medical Center

Neel Patel

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Morgan Prust

Massachusetts General Hospital

Ranjodh Singh

Weill Cornell Medical College - New York Presbyterian

Saman Sizdahkhani

University of Illinois at Chicago

Timothy Wen

University of Southern California

Joseph Wooley

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Aqib Zehri

Barrow Neurological Institute

Xiaofei (Sophie) Zhou

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Jeffrey Zuccato

University of Toronto

Sean Childs

University of Rochester

Winward Choy

University of California, Los Angeles

Samuel Clarke

Columbia University

Shanna Fang

Mayo Medical School

Abdullah Feroze

Stanford University School of Medicine

Yizheng He

Washington University

Christina Huang

Pennsylvania State University

Pouya Jamshidi

University of California, San Diego

Siri Sahib S. Khalsa

George Washington University

Sattar KhoshkhooBharat Kilaru

University of California, San Francisco

Yoshito Kosai

Vanderbilt University

Benjamin Lu

Case Western Reserve University

Kendall McEachron

New York University

Ramin Morshed

University of Minnesota

Farshad Nassiri

University of Chicago

Adam Pampori

University of Toronto

Kunal Patel

University of Maryland

Matthew Pease

Cornell University

Pete Pow-anpongkul

Ohio State University School of Medicine

Raanan Alter

Boston University School of Medicine

David Altshuler

University of Michigan

Matthew Amarante

UMDNJ

Mark Attiah

University of Pennsylvania

Al-Wala Awad

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Ranjith Babu

Duke University

Andrew Duren

Columbia University

Jacob Greenberg

Washington University School of Medicine

David Kurland

Washington University School of Medicine

Jason Mandell

University of Maryland

Robert Mitchell

The Pennsylvania State University

David Paul

University of Toronto

Arjun Pendharkar

University of Rochester

Kunal Raygor

Stanford University

Marko Spasic

UCSF

Jessica Swienckowski

Dartmouth Medical School

David K. Chen

UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School

Newton Cho

University of Toronto

Ramana Gorrepati

Weill Cornell Medical College

Mohammad-Ali Jazayeri

Medical College of Wisconsin

Alexander Kotlyar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Vincent Ma

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Margy McCullough-Hicks

Columbia University

David McMullen

University of Washington

Polina Ogas

Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital

Benjamin Plog

University of Rochester

Alexander Riccio

Albany Medical College

Christopher Showers

Stanford University

Matthew Sun

University of California, San Francisco

Krista Stewart

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Samuel Terman

University of Michigan

Jeffrey Barry

University of California, San Francisco

Yevgenya Byekova

University of Alabama

Ian Crain

Barrow Neurological Institute

Nihar Gala

University Hospital - UMDNJ

Jasmine Hasselback

University of Ottawa

Francis Huttinger

University of Cincinnati

Cynthia Loder

University of Virginia

Vivek Mehta

Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Noh

Duke University Medical Center

Brenton Pennicooke

Harvard Medical School

Sandhya Ravichandran

University of Utah

Adam Shen

University of Pennsylvania

Shelly Wang

University of Toronto

Teresa Wojtasiewicz

Columbia University

Lucas Harmon Bradley

Derek Chew

Anne Chin

Andrew Kahlen Conner

Kasandra Dassoulas

Dale Ding

Brian Hanak

Obehioya Irumudomon

Julia Jaffe

Jonathan Latzman

Neal Mehan

Whitney Parker

Matthew Parry

Caroline Tougas

Nina Zobenica

University of Missouri

University of Toronto

UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School

Indiana University

University of Virginia

Duke University

Massachusetts General - Harvard

Case Western Reserve

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

New York University

University of Cincinnati

University of Pennsylvania

Virginia Commonwealth University

University of Ottawa

Barrow Neurological Institute

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