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Student Research & Support Services

At Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, we foster a culture of research among our students, recognizing the importance of honing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and ethical understanding. Engaging in research not only enriches students' academic experiences but also strengthens their applications for residency or graduate school. We provide various avenues for students to immerse themselves in research, offering structured courses and immersive fellowships.

Student Research Opportunities 

Currently under development, the Blue Ribbon Fellowship is available as a fourth-year block rotation for students engaged in research related to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine. For information, contact Dr. Alison Bested at

First and second-year College of Osteopathic Medicine students who excel in conducting research in clinical medicine or biomedical science are eligible to apply for the Dr. Kenneth Burnell Student Research Award. Recipients of this award are granted a $500 cash prize and receive elective research credit on their transcripts.

Students need to apply for this award with an application that includes:

  • Abstract
  • Background/significance
  • Hypothesis
  • Methodology
  • Evaluation

Research proposals are awarded based on the following criteria: originality, purpose of research, hypothesis, research methodology, method of data collection, and planned method of dissemination of findings.

For more information and the application for the Dr. Kenneth Burnell Student Research Award, please contact Dr. Debra Cohn Steinkohl at

The OSM-II Research Fellowship is an elective program available to students after completing their second year of osteopathic medical school (OMS-II). The fellowship lasts for one year and requires students to dedicate 37.5 hours per week to research-related activities. NSU covers tuition for the fourth and fifth years of medical training for fellows.

By the end of the fellowship, students should demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in research methods.
  • Enhanced written and oral communication skills for scientific data dissemination.
  • Integration of latest research findings into osteopathic medical practice.
  • Understanding of ethical principles in research involving human participants.

Fellows are required to:

  • Create an individualized training plan with their research mentor.
  • Complete all academic coursework outlined in the training plan.
  • Pass the COMLEX-Level 1 Exam before starting the fellowship.
  • Undergo CITI training.
  • Engage in a research project or contribute to ongoing studies.
  • Attend regular meetings with their research mentor and participate in scheduled rounds with other fellows.

For more information on the Pre-clinical OMS-II Research Fellowship program, please contact the program director Dr. Robin J. Jacobs at

Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to present their research. Please refer to the respective websites for changing deadlines.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) of AACOM Research Symposium
Deadline: Fall
Meeting: January

Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA)
Deadline: December
Meeting: February

NSU Health Professions Division (HPD) Research Day
Deadline: December
Meeting: February

Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF)
Deadline: December
Meeting: February

Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS)
Deadline: February
Meeting: March

Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME) Research Poster Competition
Deadline: March
Meeting: April

Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED)
Deadline: July
Meeting: October

SOAR is committed to nurturing research interests among our students. We offer mentorship, facilitate connections with faculty mentors, and provide guidance throughout the research process. For more information, contact faculty adviser Dr. Randal Gregg at

Our elective research courses offer students hands-on experience in scientific inquiry. These courses include COM 9600A and COM 9600B, as well as Research Year courses COM 9601 and COM 9602. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students can either develop their research projects or contribute to ongoing studies in their areas of interest.

COM 9600A

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Offered to OMS-I or II students
  • Registration begins in the second half of the first year
  • Students are responsible for finding a research mentor

COM 9600B

  • 8 Credit Hours
  • Offered to OMS-IV students (may do two rotations)

OMS-III students are excluded from enrollment to concentrate on core rotations.

COM 9601 and COM 9602

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • OMS-III students
  • Taken for one year following the M1, M2, or M3 year
  • Requires personal leave of absence
  • Begins fall semester (9601) and can continue through winter semester (9602)  

For more information, contact Dr. Randal Gregg at

Support Services

We understand the importance of providing comprehensive support services to our faculty and students to enhance research, publications, and grant applications. Our services are designed to facilitate your academic and professional endeavors, ensuring a seamless experience from ideation to execution.

NSU's Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) is one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida. Located adjacent to the university’s Health Professions Division complex on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, the 215,000-sq.-ft., six-story CCR is equipped with wet and dry labs; state-of-the-art research equipment, including access to a high-performance computing environment; and other resources, such as Florida LambdaRail, a high-speed broadband service delivery network with connectivity throughout the nation.

The CCR also houses five Core laboratories (Flow Cytometry, Genomics, Imaging, Cell Therapies, and Vivarium), bioinformatics support, and a General Clinical Research Center. The Core Facilities are operated by NSU’s Division of Research and Economic Development (DoR). In addition to the core facilities within the CCR, the CCR houses the EM Papper Laboratory of Clinical Immunology.

For more information regarding the use of Core Services and Equipment please contact the scientific director for research facilities, Robin Krueger at

Led by Dr. Gary S. Margules, the Division of Research and Economic Development (DoR) encourages innovation among NSU's faculty. The DoR's mission is to help develop ideas, discoveries, and technologies, leading to impactful research outcomes. Through strategic partnerships with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, we strive to commercialize NSU's research activities, contributing to global advancements.

Within DoR, you'll find a robust infrastructure comprising the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Clinical Research, Office of Technology Transfer, and the Grant Writing Laboratory. These units collaborate seamlessly to provide tailored support to faculty and students alike.

For more information, contact Dr. Roxana Ross, Executive Director of DoR, at

The Grant Writing Laboratory at NSU provides comprehensive research and proposal development assistance to faculty and professional staff to enhance success in grant-seeking endeavors. Our services are closely coordinated with those of the Office of Sponsored Programs, offering faculty additional support in their grant-seeking efforts.


  • All aspects of grant training, seeking, and proposal development, including brainstorming, project planning, funding research, and proposal writing.
  • Customized templates and samples for specific grant application components upon request.

The Grant Lab is located in room 2048 of the Alvin Sherman Library. To schedule a consultation or visit the Grant Lab, please contact NSU's Grant Writing Manager, Melanie Bauer, at

The Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library includes more than 17,000 print volumes, 700+ electronic books, and 8,000+ active medical/health journal subscriptions in both print and digital formats. Many of the available electronic texts are required textbooks in various courses. The library has ample study space and is home to the Idea Labs, complete with virtual reality technology, a 3-D printer, and more. The library also provides a dedicated librarian who specializes in supporting research inquiries for students and faculty members.


  • Reference and Instructional Library Services
  • Bibliographic/Research Instruction 
  • Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan 
  • Staffing/Resources and Services
  • Manuscript Publication Support

For more information on library services, please contact Julia Sarpy at

Beth Gilbert serves as the grant and medical writer for NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), providing invaluable support to faculty in every stage of grant proposal development, from initial idea conception to final submission.

Beth excels in tailoring grant proposals to effectively address various reviewing audiences, including medical experts, general physicians, researchers, and advocates. She offers insightful feedback on the feasibility of grant submission approval, drawing from her proven track record of improving grant funding success rates.


Assistance throughout the entire grant writing process, including:

  • Developing research ideas for grant applications.
  • Assessing the feasibility of research efforts.
  • Collaborating with researchers to establish specific aims.
  • Editing and revising grant components such as abstracts, research plans, and facilities documents for submission. 

To schedule an appointment with Beth Gilbert at the Collaborative Research Center (#420A), contact 917-817-7874 or

The Office of Clinical Research is dedicated to supporting NSU faculty involved in clinical trials. With a team of certified clinical research professionals, OCR offers administrative assistance and clinical coordination, providing a comprehensive suite of support services to navigate the intricate landscape of health care.

Key Features:

  • Staffed with certified clinical research professionals
  • Offers administrative assistance and clinical coordination
  • Provides a wide range of clinical research support services
  • The newly constructed outpatient General Clinical Research Center offers a centralized research infrastructure and a multidisciplinary approach.
  • The OCR is on the fourth floor of the Center for Collaborative Research and features private patient access, four state-of-the-art exam rooms, a complete processing laboratory, and secure storage facilities.
For assistance with clinical trials, contact Judy Magnum at

Operating under Translational Research and Economic Development, the Office of Sponsored Programs aims to support NSU's research mission by providing comprehensive services to faculty and staff. Our focus includes identifying, securing, managing, and ensuring compliance with funding for NSU's research, community service, and training initiatives.


To support NSU's research mission by providing faculty and staff with services for identifying, securing, managing, and ensuring compliance with external and internal funding.


  • Administer grants from government and private sources for research, teaching/training, and community service projects.
  • Provide support throughout the award process, from proposal planning to final reporting.

Note: All grant submissions must be made to your assigned grant officer at least 5 days before the funder's deadline.

For grant-related inquiries or information, contact Cathy Harlan at

Technology transfer is the pivotal process of transforming university innovations into tangible commercial products or services. At OTT, we oversee this journey from the initial disclosure of an invention to the final licensing stage, providing invaluable support to NSU faculty along the way. Our services include aiding with patent applications, trademark, and copyright registrations.

We're committed to guiding inventors through the intricate landscape of technology marketing, striving for mutually beneficial outcomes for inventors, investors, and the university. Once a patent application is underway, we initiate targeted marketing efforts to attract potential commercial partners. Should a company express interest, we facilitate seamless collaboration through various tailored contracts, ensuring a smooth and efficient process for all parties involved.


  • Assistance with patent applications, trademark, and copyright registrations
  • Guidance through various commercialization options
  • Development of promotional and educational materials
  • Identification of potential commercialization partners

For more information or assistance, please contact Arunodoy Sur at

Funding Alerts
  • Funding opportunities selected for NSU are grouped by theme and provided under the "Funding Alerts" dropdown
  • New opportunities are also shared to the "Funding Alerts" listserv. To subscribe, please email
Finding Funding
  • SPIN - Multidisciplinary grant funding search engine. (This replaces the Pivot funding database.)
  • Foundation Directory Online - Grant search engine accessible on campus or within the Alvin Sherman Library building. Provides information about private funding opportunities, foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and recently awarded grants.
    • To access, go to the Alvin Sherman Library homepage and search "Foundation Directory" in the Databases by Name search. Use your NSU credentials to log in.
  • GetEdFunding- Hosts a collection of more than 2,000 grants and opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources and its available to public and private preK-12 schools, districts and educators, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations that work with them. 
  • - A search engine for all federally-funded grant competitions and application information.
  • Duke University - This university site provides an extensive searchable database for funding.
Grant Writing Guides
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More Grant Writing Resources
Evaluation Resources
Data Sharing / Dissemination
Other Grant Topics
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