Koopman Medical Student Research Excellence Award

The prestigious Koopman Medical Student Research Excellence Award will be given annually to three outstanding medical students in the Department of Medicine (DOM).

Medical students with an interest in medical or health-related research are encouraged to apply for this eight-week summer internship program with a research mentor who has a primary or secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine. The project will be conducted during the summer between the MS1 and MS2 years.

The application requires a brief description of the student's research interests and career goals along with a research proposal that should include:
  1. A brief Introduction with relevant background information and that identifies the target problem,
  2. Objectives that state the hypotheses to be tested and the specific aim(s) of the study,
  3. Methods including a brief description of the general methods to be employed, and
  4. A Bibliography to include 1-5 relevant papers cited in your proposal.
Identification of a prospective mentor, and prior discussion of the project with the mentor, is required. While previous research experience is certainly considered, an important goal of the fellowship is also to enable highly motivated students who are new to biomedical research. During the summer training period, applicants will also be required to attend a six session lecture series entitled, "Understanding the Research Enterprise," which addresses research ethics, hypothesis generation, human and animal welfare issues, and more. 

Moreover, it is expected that each trainee will present results of their research experience as a poster presentation at the Medical Student Research Day and the Department of Medicine Trainee Research Symposium in the year following the training period. Awardees will also be recognized at the 2016 DOM Honors Reception. A stipend of $450/week will be awarded to successful candidates. Members of the DOM Internship Review Committee may assist in the identification of mentors. If assistance is needed, please contact ShaDel Williams at shadel@uab.edu.

Eligibility Criteria: First year medical students are eligible to apply for 3 available positions.

Application Process: Completed applications, signed by the applicant and the faculty mentor, must be submitted by January 30, 2015, for consideration of internship appointments during the following summer. Download the application form here. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Internship Review Committee. This panel is comprised of physicians and basic researchers representing divisions within the Department of Medicine. Review criteria include how well the applicant has identified their mentor and their research goals.

Email Submission: All applications must be submitted by the deadline above to:
ShaDel Nix Williams, J.D.
Program Director III
Department of Medicine Chairman's Office
shadel@uab.edu

Interview and Final Selection: Six semi-finalists will be invited to interview with Internship Review Committee members in the second week of March 2015 to discuss their research interests and potential faculty mentors. Three finalists will be selected. The successful applicants (and mentors) will provide a one-page abstract describing the summer training plan and submit this to the IRC by mid-May 2015. Submission of the abstract will be required for final approval of the Internship position.