The College of Medicine sponsors a summer research program allowing medical students from any U.S. medical school to experience laboratory research firsthand.
Students who have completed their first year of medical school spend up to 9-10 weeks conducting research and analyzing data in the clinical and basic science research laboratories of established faculty investigators.
The program is designed to expose students to the methods and techniques used in biomedical research.
Students choose a mentor and research project based upon their particular interests. If the student has interest in working with a mentor not listed on the website, the mentor must be pre-approved by the program director prior to applying to the program. To be pre-approved, the mentor’s NIH Biosketch & Trainee List must be submitted for review.
To apply, the student submits a research proposal describing the specific project. These are evaluated by a College of Medicine committee and up to 12-15 are chosen for funding. Successful applicants receive a stipend up to $6,204 with an additional supply amount of $500.
Two to four additional students may be funded with additional funding from the Dean’s Office and mentors.
Early in the summer, each awardee presents a 10 minute description of his/her project. In the fall, participants present their final results at the Annual Medical Student Research Forum. Two first-place winners are selected to represent the college at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas, in April of the following year.