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For Students and Mentors

As a multi-faceted research program we recognize the importance of research education and welcome opportunities to work with students and volunteers. We have recently partnered with Michigan State University to create a structured program that provides medical students an opportunity to not only learn, but participate in research activities. Our administrative office credentials medical students then partners with one of our Clinical Research Nurse Coordinators to assist students with finding current research projects. Many of the students are paired directly with one of our Research Coordinators and receive mentoring and shadowing experience.

Each year we partner with Grand Valley State University to provide a year-long internship program for two students completing their Master’s Degree in Biostatistics. These students are given the opportunity to interface with physicians, researchers and clinical research staff to consult on projects, create data collections, analyze data and/or assist with research design and protocol development. This internship is designed to give students a wide range of opportunities and experience in a healthcare, research environment.

For more information or questions related to student mentoring, internships or volunteer opportunities, please contact: researchassist@spectrumhealth.org.

Registration Form: Students interested in joining a research project are welcome to register during one of three open enrollment periods. Orientations take place in January, May and September of each year. The form must be filled out completely and include the required signatures before submitting the Registration Form to the ORA’s Operations Supervisor. Incomplete registration forms and/or registration forms received outside of the enrollment periods will not be accepted until the next available enrollment period. For those registration forms that are approved, students will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to begin the credentialing process.

Student Agreement: Prior to starting on a project, students must be approved by the IRB and must have submitted the Student Agreement. Students and Mentors need to coordinate a time to meet and review this agreement. A signed copy must be submitted to the ORA’s Administrative Manager prior to starting on the project.

IT Access Request Form: Once students are approved to be on study, their computer log-in and access information becomes available. Students are granted access for one year at which point, those that are actively working on projects can evaluate the need for extended access with their mentor. Students receive general access to the system network, access to a shared student research folder on a shared drive, Spectrum Health email account and view only access to Cerner and EPIC. If students need extended access or access to additional applications (beyond what is provided for them), the IT Access Request Form, must be filled out, signed and returned to the ORA’s Administrative Manager.

PI's and Mentors


Mentoring is one of the primary ways experienced researchers share their knowledge and experience with developing clinicians. The relationship that forms between students and their mentor goes beyond textbooks and formal classes. It prepares and guides students in learning responsible conduct of research and provides a model of excellence to be emulated.

For those interested or those currently serving as mentors, please contact the Offices of Research Administration for additional information about the credentialing process or to request student assistance.