Program Description: The Department of Medicine (DOM) announces the 2017 Koopman Medical Student Research Excellence Award which will be given to up to three outstanding medical students this year.
This award is named in honor of Distinguished Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Medicine William J. Koopman, MD, who earned worldwide recognition for defining the critical role synovial tissue and autoantibodies play in rheumatoid arthritis. His insights into the molecular biology of the disease inspired novel treatments currently being used today, including arthritis-fighting proteins, a monoclonal antibody, and even a vaccine. His distinguished research career is a model and an inspiration for all young investigators.
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 DOM. The project will be conducted during the summer between the MS1 and MS2 years.
Applicants should submit an ONLINE APPLICATION no later than March 6, 2017.
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 internship is also to develop 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, DOM Trainee Research Symposium, and a DOM Clinical Research Seminar in the year following the training period. Awardees will also be recognized at the annual DOM Honors Reception. A stipend of $500/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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility Criteria: First year medical students are eligible to apply for three available positions. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Internship Review Committee. This panel is comprised of physicians and basic researchers representing divisions within the DOM. Review criteria include how well the applicant has identified their mentor and their research goals
Interview and Final Selection: Six semi-finalists will be invited to interview with Internship Review Committee members in the third week of March 2017 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 2016. Submission of the abstract will be required for final approval of the Internship position.
Previous Awardees by Year
[ 2016 ]
Suzanne Oparil, MD
Jessy Deshane, PhD
Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Palaniappan Sethu, PhD
[ 2015 ]
Kellie Flood, MD
Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
Monika Safford, MD
Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc
[ 2014 ]
Christina Muzny, MD
Andrea Cherrington, MD
Eric Sorscher, MD
Hematology and Oncology
[ 2013 ]
Suzanne Oparil, MD
Anath Shalev, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Paul Goepfert, MD
[ 2012 ]
S. Louis Bridges, MD, PhD
Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology