School of Medicine
Summer Research Internship

Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences

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Apply by February 10, 2017

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 students 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 31 – Friday, July 28), with travel days being Tuesday, May 30, and Saturday, July 29. Students selected for this program live on-campus and receive meals. Summer interns may receive 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 (Thursday, July 27).

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.


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. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the US. Students graduating prior to December 2017 are not eligible.

Application Information

Students must complete the attached application and provide an unofficial transcript (including fall, 2016 grades); at least one letter of recommendation (two are preferred); a personal statement including career plans, a statement of research interests; and a resume. Applications must be received no later than close of business, Friday, February 17, 2017. 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 Questions may be directed to Mrs. Taylor at (573) 884-0042.

Educational Programming

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. 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 and recreational 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 clinical cases with a faculty facilitator.

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