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Medical Researcher Travel Award

Medical Researcher Travel Award

The Office of Medical Student Research offers travel awards to our medical students involved in scholarly research while pursuing a traditional 4-year medical school education.

The purpose of the Medical Researcher Travel Award (MRTA) is to recognize medical student academic achievement and help defray costs associated with presenting scholarly research at regional, national or international workshop, symposia, meeting or conference. Several scholarly works qualify for award consideration. These include presentation of poster papers, oral poster presentations, invited research talks, and participation in scholarly workshops.

Each travel award application will be reviewed by a COM faculty and staff committee convened by the Office of Medical Student Research and award winners will be announced in our research website. These travel awards will be judged based on financial need, quality of the research project, and professional development impact. To learn more about selection criteria, please review the MRTA rubric below.

MRTA Call for Applications Fall 2020

MRTA Virtual 2020 Applications Open: Nov 2nd, 2020 and close: Nov 30th, 2020
Awardees will be notified on December 17th, 2020.

Look for these new changes:

  • This award will pay for conference registration fees
  • This year due to COVID-19, this award will not pay for transportation and lodging costs (please disregard that information on the application)


  • TAMU COM medical student
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Student conference abstract must be submitted as part of the MRTA application


Award Recipients

Medical Travel Award 2021 Recipients

Class of 2021, Texas A&M University, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas TX

Bhakta was awarded a MSRPP medical research travel award to cover his registration fee to give a poster presentation on a clinical study on the utility of incorporating lactate score in predicting deterioration of cirrhosis patients in a medical professional conference at a national level sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases last November 2020. Over the last year he has been involved in this project investigating patients charts under the close mentorship of Sumeet Asrani, MD, a Transplant Hepatologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Bhakta is pursuing a residency program in internal medicine.

"I am very proud to have presented a research project I worked on as a medical student to a national audience at AASLD’s The Liver Meeting Digital Experience. This forum is a hub for the exchange of the groundbreaking ideas and findings in liver diseases. The MSRPP travel award has allowed me exposure to the work of numerous well-renowned experts. I not only learned about the latest information in liver disease, but also from the methods of various projects. This helped serve as a guide for future project ambitions. Overall, I am very thankful to the Texas A&M University, Office of Medical Student Research to provide me the tools to help me present a Poster of Distinction at a national conference."


Medical Travel Award 2020 Recipients

Class of 2020, Texas A&M University, Dallas Campus

Allen was awarded a MSRPP travel award to help defray the costs of presenting scholarly research at the upcoming American Society for Clinical Oncology - National Student Research Forum in Chicago, IL in May 2019. His research, under the mentorship of Dr. Oommen, focused on the Bing Neel Syndrome in the context of Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia.

“I knew I wanted to become an Oncologist since before medical school when I watched three of my grandparents develop and eventually succumb to cancer. I wanted to help people with cancer and do everything in my power to fight for their survival. Oncology is an ever changing field that requires its practitioners to stay ahead of cutting edge research and utilize what we learn as a scientific community to the treatment of our patients. I began my own research journey in the early years of medical school when I got involved with cancer research in Dallas, and I recently had the opportunity to present that research at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting 2019 in Chicago. It meant the world to me to share the same stage as physicians who are shaping the field of cancer medicine. The MSRPP award allowed me to network, learn, and cement my future in oncology. I am thankful to the Texas A&M University, Office of Medical Student Research to pave the way to achieving my goals as a physician.”"

Class of 2020, Texas A&M University, Dallas Campus

Madeeha was awarded a MSRPP travel award to help defray the costs of presenting at the UTMB Health 60th Annual National Student Research Forum in Galveston, TX in April 2019. Her research, under the mentorship of Dr. David Zawieja, focused on the alterations of lymphatic biology in space –associated neuro-ocular syndrome.

“I was introduced to aerospace medicine three years into medical school through my involvement with Dr. Zawieja’s aerospace medicine lab and attending NASA’s Human Research Program conference. With these experiences, I was able to meet with numerous space researchers, flight surgeons, and physicians working with NASA to understand the potential health problems that occur in space across all fields of medicine, from dermatology to general surgery. Unfortunately, aerospace medicine is something most students do not get exposure to while in medical school. I am grateful that Texas A&M’s Medical Scholar Research Pathway Program award enabled me to learn more about this field of medicine and present my research at the 60th Annual National Student Research Forum in Galveston. This not only gave me the opportunity to develop my presentation skills and receive feedback from researchers from over the country, but also allowed me to think about how I can incorporate my interest in space exploration into my practice in medicine.”

Class of 2020, Texas A&M University, Temple Campus

Artz was awarded a MSRPP travel award to help defray the costs of presenting scholarly research at Psychiatry Research Retreat in San Francisco, CA. Gave an oral presentation on neuropsychological cognitive testing in patients with Parkinson’s disease and/or Alzheimer’s disease. He conducted his research under the mentorship of Dr. Jared F. Benge at the Neuropsychology Department at the Baylor Scott and White Clinic.

“I applied to medical school to become a psychiatrist after a loved one developed schizophrenia at a much older age than usual. I was quickly amazed at how much we don’t yet know about psychiatric illnesses, psychopharmacology, and the brain in general. The fact that there is so much left to learn is one of the things that I find most exciting about psychiatry. That same sentiment is a major motivator for me getting involved in research. Although I had prior experience with basic science research prior to medical school, I had no exposure to more clinical research before I began working with neuropsychologist Dr. Jared Benge my second year of medical school. He has been an excellent mentor who I have worked on several projects with. I was recently able to discuss one of our projects at the 5 th California-Wide Psychiatry Research Residents Retreat in San Francisco. This was an excellent opportunity for me to network and receive career advice from both faculty mentors and residents. The fourth year of medical school is full of travel expenses for interviews and away rotations and the MSRPP travel award was pivotal in enabling me to attend the research retreat.”

Class of 2020, Texas A&M University, Dallas Campus

Clothier was awarded a MSRPP travel award to help defray the costs of presenting scholarly research at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. She delivered a podium presentation on intermediate-term outcomes comparing laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures for esophageal disorders. Her research was conducted under the mentorship of Marc Ward, MD an attending surgeon at the department of minimally invasive surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.

“I became interested in medicine after witnessing amazing work at a nonprofit in Argentina as an undergraduate, and I’ve wanted to go into surgery since starting medical school. I’m drawn to using my own two hands to improve or save a patient’s life. I think that surgery as a field has incredibly exciting research opportunities and I consequently have been involved in surgical research throughout medical school. I was fortunate to find mentorship in two minimally invasive attendings during my third-year clerkship and have worked with them on several projects since. I had the pleasure and opportunity to present my work at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco. Attending the conference was a fantastic opportunity for me professionally as I apply for residency in general surgery, and I feel more motivated than ever to continue to be active in research, which is of paramount importance in my future career. I am very grateful to the Texas A&M University Office of Medical Student Research for contributing to this opportunity for me to present among surgeons from across the country.”

Class of 2020, Texas A&M University, Houston Campus

Boochoom was awarded a MSRPP travel award to help defray the costs of presenting scholarly clinical research at the Trilogical Society in Coronado, CA. He gave an oral presentation on resident training experiences on pediatric flexible nasolaryngoscopy. He conducted his research under the mentorship of Dr. Yin-Chun Liu at the Department of Otoryngology Head and Neck Surgery, at Baylor College of Medicine.