History and Purpose of the Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI)

Why do research?


Recognizing that research is an integral part of a university, the School of Medicine of St. George's University established the Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI) in 2009 to encourage, support, facilitate and centralize medical student research during the four years of a student's medical education.  By offering exceptional students the opportunity to work on faculty-mentored research projects, the MSRI aims to:

a) Advance the research arm of the medical school's mission and outcome objectives, while


b) Enhancing student development and competitiveness for residency programs.

The MSRI offers medical students who have demonstrated academic excellence (minimum WMPG of 85.00%, no exceptions) to become involved in research. Graduation with research distinction is offered for students who have a minimum WMPG of 85.00% and two or more peer reviewed publications at the time of graduation.

All St. George's University faculty members are encouraged to participate, and mentor medical students in their research and scholarly activities. 

The goals of the MSRI are to:

  • Advance the mission of the SGU medical school which views research as an integral part of medical education and health care.
  • Facilitate collaboration between medical students and faculty members in the conduct of clinical and basic science research. This includes instruction in the scientific method (hands-on or simulated exercises,  test/ verify hypotheses or biological/medical questions, as well as ethics, clinical and translational research applied to patient care
  • Centralize all basic science and clinical research under a single institution to allow sharing of resources between the multiple clinical sites and the medical school.
  • Promote and track the scholarly activity of students and faculty of SGU.
  • Provide online resources to assist students and faculty in their efforts to publish scholarly research.
  • Offer the exceptional medical student the opportunity to begin a four-year clinical journey that will culminate in the conveying of a Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in Research.

Each student participant works with a faculty mentor with special expertise who has been matched, as closely as possible, to the student's research interests and career goals. Students either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.

The intensive nature of the program requires a large-time commitment from the participants, but the time commitment is up to the students. Participants are required to attend all scheduled events and activities related to the program. Students must be present the entire length of the program. 

Contact information

MSRI is divided into Basic Sciences and Clinical Years.      

Ian Murray, Ph.D.            Grenada      MSRI Basic Science Director             IMurray@sgu.edu

James Coey, M.D.            UK                 MSRI Basic Science Director             JCoey@@sgu.edu

Beryl De Souza. M.D      UK                 MSRI Clinical Director                          msriuk@sgu.edu

US Clinicals: contact Hospital Research Co-ordinators, or Faculty  active in research

Program Duration

Basic Sciences MSRI, Terms 2 through 5:

Students are only accepted into the MSRI during Term 2 of Basic Sciences. Students are asked to concentrate on projects in Term 2, Term 3, and Term 5. Due to the intense course-load that exists in Term 4, students are not expected to participate in research during this time.

Student Eligibility

MSRI participation (Basic Sciences Years)

Students are only accepted into the MSRI-Grenada during Term 2 of Basic Sciences .

Students who have a minimum WMPG of 85.00% in  BPM 1 are eligible to apply.

Application and MSRI matching process

Last week of BPM 1-

Faculty inform of slots

Faculty- will inform the MSRI director of the number of research slots in the last week of each term.

First week of BPM 2-

Student online application

Students- Announcements for the Basic Science applications are made in BPM 2 courses and posted on Sakai.

Applicants apply via an online application form, ranking the Departments in which they wish to conduct research.

Incomplete applications, and/or applications submitted after the deadline are not considered.

Second week of BPM 2-

Departmental interviews

Faculty and Students- Faculty will review materials for applicants who applied to their Department, and select for interviews.

Faculty will liaise with DOBS office to schedule interviews during this week. Group interviews may also be conducted if there are high numbers of applicants selected.

Faculty will inform the MSRI director of selected students by 5pm on the Friday of that week.

Week 3 of BPM 2-

Notification of matching

Students will be informed by the Director of MSRI of matching to Departmental slots.