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MSR Project Information for Faculty

The Medical Student Research (MSR) program requires each medical student to complete a research project before they graduate from Penn State College of Medicine. Below are the resources about the program that are relevant to faculty members.

Have questions? Contact the MSR program.


Nicole Vasquezi-Rode
Assistant Director, Medical Student Research Program
717-531-0003, ext. 289262
Room: C1704

Ira Ropson, PhD
Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Room: C5716D

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Available Projects List Expand answer

Students are presented list of projects to explore if they do not have research ideas of their own. Faculty are encouraged to list projects they want assistance with for maximum exposure.

View the list

Add a project


Adviser Forms Expand answer


Adviser Proposal Review form


Adviser Report Review form


Both the student and adviser forms must be submitted to be considered for travel funds.

Adviser Travel Award form

Committee Member Forms Expand answer


General Information Expand answer

General information about the Work-Study program can be found at the Current Students MSR site.

Posting/Removing A Project Expand answer

All work study positions must be submitted and approved in Workday.

Please refer to the Federal Work Study Job Aid: Requisition and Offer Process for detailed instructions on how to post. (Email for details.)

Supervisor Information Expand answer

In order for a student to be hired in Workday for the summer work-study program, a supervisor will need to be identified for the department. This is an individual within the department who currently has a part-time supervisory organization position ( in workday and therefore has the ability to hire someone under them. The student will need to be hired under the supervisor (this might be someone other than the project adviser).

Time Approver Expand answer

Qualifications: Individuals within a department must be able to view the student’s time in Workday and be able to approve their time once it’s been submitted. Note: the supervisor can be listed as one of the time approvers.


  • Review and approve time in Workday for the bi-weekly pay periods the student is working. Backup timekeepers will approve the student time in Workday in the event that the current time manager is unavailable. It is recommended that time keepers, students and supervisor discuss how they want to handle confirming the student’s hours for each time period. Students will be provided a form to track their time before entering it into Workday and submitting their hours.
  • At the end of the work-study time frame (August), the Time Approver will be responsible for terminating the student’s employment by completing the termination/separation form in the WorkLion system.