Awards in Research, Call for Applications!
Posted: Dec. 3, 2018

Have you completed a research project that you are proud of? Want to get some recognition for your hard work? Apply for our National SOMA Research Spotlight Award and see your project get national recognition. One project winner will be announced per month from December 2018 through May 2019. December will be open to ALL Regions.

December 1st
Call for applications—email your information to the Trustee for your SOMA Region. (For example, the email address for Region III would be
December 14th
Last day for application collection.

Winners will be announced at the end of the month and will have their project promoted on our website and social media platforms.

Applications must include:

  • Headshot or photo of you presenting research.
  • Title and abstract of research project.
  • Personal statement (250 words or less) detailing: Why you chose this research topic, what research means to you, and any future research plans.

Projects will be selected based on the following:

  1. Quality of research design
  2. Unique perspective/originality
  3. Impact on medical knowledge
  4. Impact on community
  5. Critical Analysis

If you have any questions please email

Call for Student Peer-Reviewers at The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Posted: Mar. 13, 2018

Dear Osteopathic Medical Student-Researchers,

    We are excited to announce a call for Student Peer-Reviewers to serve The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in research to learn about the publication process, gain new skills as a peer-reviewer, sharpen your skills as a critical reader, give back to our profession and build your CV. The application process for interested students is as follows:

Please send the following to

  1. A brief summary of your interest in conducting peer-review for the JAOA,
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae,
  3. The name of a Research Mentor who will help guide you through the peer-review process, and
  4. A list of current areas of expertise/interest of both you and your Research Mentor.

There will be a rolling application process for these positions. For more information about what a peer-reviewer does, and the peer-review process in general, please see the following peer-review summary article from The JAOA. Any questions or comments may be directed to the SOMA Research Director at, who also serves as the Student, Fellow and Resident Section Editor on the Editorial Board of The JAOA.

Call for Applications: Osteopathic Medical Student Research Fellowship Program
Posted: Dec. 6, 2017

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is proud to announce the Request for Applications (RFA) for our Osteopathic Medical Student (OMS) Research Fellowship Program. This program supports research training of OMSs and enables the OMSs to conduct a basic science, clinical, or health services research projects that will make a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. Additionally, this RFA seeks to introduce OMSs to the osteopathic research community and encourage them to implement research throughout their career.

The OMS Research Fellowship Program will award successful applicants up to $5,000 for research projects spanning 6 to 12 month research periods, beginning September 1st, 2018. OMS Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research as a Podium Presentation at OMED 2019, and publish their results thereafter.

The requirements for fellowship applicants include conducting research in one of the AOA’s five research priority focus areas. Conducting research in these focus areas has the greatest potential to impact patient care and evidence-based medicine and demonstrate the value DOs and their approach to care bring to the medical profession.

OMS Research Fellows will conduct research under a research mentor. Funds may support supplemental projects of existing research studies, granted supplemental projects have research questions and specific aims distinct from the existing (parent) study. If you need assistance finding a research mentor, or cannot find one at your home institution, please use the AOA Research Mentor Request Form.

The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2018, 5 pm CST, however students are encouraged to begin working on their applications now as the grant application is lengthy and requires appropriate planning.

For complete information regarding the application process and further instructions, please utilize the following links:

For technical assistance or questions, please contact the AOA Dept. of Research and Development at:

Gloria Dillard, MPH
Research Manager Phone: (312) 202-8006
Fax: (312) 202-8306


Charles Lopresto
Research Director, Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Introducing the AOA Research Mentor Request Form

In an effort to help link osteopathic medical students searching for research mentors within the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), this Mentor Request form has been created. The form includes a list of Osteopathic Physicians and Researchers at Osteopathic Institutions that have successfully secured and managed Research Grants from the AOA in the past. Therefore, these individuals are uniquely qualified to serve as mentors for those students looking to find a research mentor while applying for the AOA OMS Research Fellowship Grants, or for any other general research purpose. If any of the following mentors or their areas of study interest you as a grant applicant, or otherwise, please select one or more mentors using the form. The American Osteopathic Association will then gladly introduce you to your potential mentor via a follow up email.