The following projects and research areas are available for Summer 2019.

Clinical Research

Students interested in Clinical Research typically work on projects that explore relationships or association between the cause of disease and current medical practice with the goal to enhance a better understanding of a disease or disorder. Undergraduate and graduate students with basic statistics competency and who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for this program: Nutrition, Epidemiology, Kinesiology. Projects available.


The epidemiology program targets students currently enrolled in a master’s program in a health-related field. Students in the epidemiology program will work with a research scientist on an epidemiology project that may involve conducting scientific literature reviews, assisting with study design, analyzing data, and preparing a manuscript. In addition to the independent project, students will have the opportunity to be involved with other epidemiology projects including studies in the US Flu Network, Vaccine Safety Datalink, Marshfield Epidemiologic Study Area, and the Health Care Systems Research Network. In many cases, the summer research project can serve as the capstone project or thesis if required for their master's degree program. For more information on researchers and current studies, please visit the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health website.

Students that apply to the epidemiology program should be currently enrolled in a master's program in a health related field (e.g. MPH), have taken at least one course in epidemiology and one course in biostatistics, have prior experience with statistical software, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Exceptional undergraduate seniors with a major in a health related field may also be considered. Students will use SAS statistical software for data analysis. Projects available.

Oncology Research 

The Cancer Care and Research Center (CCRC) was officially established in 2018. However, formal Cancer Research at the Marshfield Clinic dates back to the 1970's. CCRC research staff work with oncologists in a team-based model at each of the Health System’s cancer centers. This integration allows the CCRC to focus more on cancer care and delivery research. Students that apply to this area should possess a strong writing ability, be familiar with database interfaces and entry, and have knowledge of basic statistical methods. Undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: premed/medical, biology, and life sciences. Projects available.

Oral and Systemic Health

The mission of the Center for Oral and Systemic Health (COSH) is to lead and pave the future of integrating medical-dental care delivery, oral-systemic research, inter-professional education and practice management through the application of health informatics and information technology and applied, preventive and basic sciences to ultimately improve the patient healthcare experience, quality of patient care and lower per capita healthcare cost.

Interns within COSH will also have opportunities to shadow dental and medical providers at health care facilities affiliated with Marshfield Clinic as well as lead an Oral and Systemic Health Journal Club discussion and Health Innovation Chat. Undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for this program:  dentistry/pre-dental, dental education, medicine/pre-medical, computer science, information technology, biomedical informatics, public health/epidemiology, oral biology/microbiology, and similar fields. Projects available.

Precision Medicine/Genetics

Research Interns The Center for Precision Medicine Research (CPMR) focuses its research on discovering the structure of the human genome and the hunt for genes that influence human health disorders. Its mission is to conduct translational research in medical genetics that substantially improves patient care. CPMR is home to cutting edge molecular technologies and Marshfield Clinic’s Personalized Medicine Research Project (PMRP), which is a biobank of plasma, serum, and DNA specimens from 20,000 Marshfield Clinic patients. Unique to PMRP is all patient samples are linked to Marshfield Clinic’s extensive electronic medical record system, providing CPMR scientists an invaluable resource to study thousands of diseases. 

Students that apply to the genetics program should be familiar with genetics or biochemistry and standard laboratory techniques. Projects available.