Medical Student Research Excellence Award

Program Description:  The Department of Medicine (DOM) announces the Medical Student Summer Internship Program, which will be given to three outstanding medical students in the Department of Medicine .  Medical students with an interest in medical or health-related research are encouraged to apply for this prestigious 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. Applicants should submit an application (see below) that includes a 1-2 paragraph description of research goals; prior discussion of the project with a prospective mentor is required. While prior 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 weekly seminar series, which addresses research ethics, hypothesis generation, human and animal welfare issues, etc. 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 DOM Trainee Research Symposium in the year following the training period. Awardees will be recognized at the 2014 DOM Honors Reception.  A stipend of $450/week will be awarded to successful candidates. Members of the DOM Internship Review Committee will assist in the identification of mentors, if needed contact ShaDel Nix Williams,  BDB 405A, (205) 975-5695

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

Application Process: Applications must be submitted by January 15th of each year for consideration of internship appointments during the following summer. Applying is a two-step process:

Step 1:

Applicants are required to complete an electronic application form. The completed application form should be submitted to:

                     ShaDel Nix Williams, J.D.
                     Program Director III
                     Department of Medicine Chairman's Office
                     University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
                     405 Boshell Building
                     1808 7th Avenue South
                     Birmingham, Alabama 35294  

Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Internship Review Committee. This panel is comprised of physicians and basic researchers representing divisions within the Dept. of Medicine

Step 2:

Six semi-finalists will be invited to interview with Internship Review Committee members 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 March 17th.  Submission of the abstract will be required for final approval of the Internship position.