Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences
Apply by February 14, 2014
The Office of the Research Dean at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine coordinates a summer research program with the objective of recruiting underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to the MU School of Medicine, with the ultimate goal of improving diversity in the clinical medicine workforce. The program runs for 9 weeks (Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, July 25), with travel days being Tuesday, May 27, and Saturday, July 26. Students selected for this program live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a full meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also are provided with funds to cover one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3,400. Students will work on their own research project under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty mentor and present their results at a poster Forum at the end of the summer (July 24).
Campus and Community
MU, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system, is home to over 32,400 students (7,500 in graduate and professional programs) and 1,900 faculty. Columbia, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, is a growing community with a population of more than 102,000. Columbia offers most of the benefits of large cities (restaurants, museums, theater, music, and a variety of churches) and yet maintains the atmosphere and convenience of a small, diverse college town. There are numerous trails for walking, running, and biking, and a variety of city and state parks nearby. http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/
Applicants are expected to be pursuing a major in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Selection is partially based on the applicant's potential and motivation for future enrollment in the MU School of Medicine. Preference will be given to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the US. Students graduating prior to December 2011 are not eligible.
The deadline for applying for this program is Friday, February 14, 2014. Students must complete the attached application and provide an unofficial transcript (including fall, 2013 grades); at least one letter of recommendation (two are preferred); a personal statement including career plans, a statement of research interests; and a resume. Completed application packets may be sent via USPS to Debbie Taylor, Dean's Office, School of Medicine, One Hospital Drive, DC018.00, Columbia, MO 65212, or submitted via electronic submission to Mrs. Taylor's email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Taylor at (573) 884-0042.
In addition to their research work, students participate in a full series of evening workshops and brown bag lunches designed to provide them with information about research, career preparation and options, and scientific ethics. Speakers in the past have included MU faculty, a scientist from the Stowers Medical Institute, a scientist from Pioneer Seed, a veterinary oncologist, members of the National Academy of Science, clinical oncology researchers, science teachers, directors of graduate programs, and other scientists. Weekly specialty discussions provide opportunities for students to read articles relevant to the topics and engage in discussion with peers and faculty members. A presentation on writing abstracts and designing posters is held in preparation for the poster forum. Social activities also provide opportunities for participants to get to know each other and other members of the MU science community. Participants also will be offered an opportunity to shadow physicians and researchers, as well as experience PBL (patient-based learning) curriculum; in a PBL setting, the participants work through an authentic clinical case with a faculty facilitator. A mandatory orientation session that includes team-building activities is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28.