Jason Vadhan
Research Director
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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 was open to ALL Regions. Each month from January through May will be designated to one region:

  • January — Region I
  • February — Region II
  • March — Region III
  • April — Region IV
  • May — Region V

The 1st of each month:
Call for applications—email your information to the Trustee for your SOMA Region. (For example, the email address for Region III would be

The 14th of each month
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

View our award-winning student researchers HERE.

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.

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.