Applicants should have successfully completed at least one semester and not more than 2 years at UAB School of Medicine.  Students in a combined MD/PhD program are not eligible for support through the NIH T35 mechanism.  Students holding PhD degrees or research-based MS degrees in the health sciences, or those already matriculated in formal programs leading to a PhD or research-based MS degree are also not eligible.  Applicants holding an MPH degree are not necessarily disqualified.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency.


1. Select a faculty sponsor.  Contact faculty members who are working in areas in which you may have an interest.
Mentors and Research Interests  is a partial listing of UAB faculty members who are interested in having students work in their laboratories this summer, with a brief description of his/her research.  Your selection of a faculty mentor is not limited; however, for funding from the T35 mechanism you will have a much better chance of being funded if you choose from this list.  For other summer programs, please check with them for an updated list of participating faculty. 

You can also find faculty and their research interests at:

2. With your sponsor, outline a research project.  If you would like help in choosing an area of work or help with selecting a sponsor, please contact Dr. Lorenz (, 934-0676) as soon as possible. 

3. Submit the application package as a pdf by email to Jackie Bennett at  It should include:  

  •  The completed application, signed by both you and the faculty mentor.  You may submit either ink or digital signatures.
  •  The proposal, which should consist of a two to five page summary of the project indicating the specific aim(s), introduction, research strategy, and literature cited.  See Project Proposal for additional detail.
  • A copy of your mentor’s current NIH Biosketch in Word format
  • A list of your mentor's current lab/group personnel - include name and title/position
  • A copy of your resume
  • IRB or IACUC training approval - If the project you select will involve research involving human subjects or animals, you must either: enter the IRB or IACUC protocol approval number (see p. 2 of the application) and submit proof that you have completed the appropriate UAB's Learning System online training, or include information regarding when the approval and training will be completed. Please see the  Tip Sheet for Students Involved in Research Involving Human or Animal Subjects for additional information concerning IRB or IACUC approval.  NOTE:  IRB/IACUC Approvals and Training must be complete by June 1, 2015, or your award will not be activated.

Per NIH Guidelines for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Short-Term Institution, trainees are required to pursue research training for 2-3 months on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program. 

There are three available training appointment periods to choose from.  Indicate on your application which training period (listed below) you would like to pursue.  You must devote at least 8 weeks and no more than ten weeks to the program.  Please make sure you select the period which will suit you best and will not jeopardize your full-time research agreement.

The awarded monthly stipend is about $1836; however, this amount will be prorated based on your selected appointment period.

 On the application, please select one of the appointment periods below:

Eight Week Appointment:                          June 8, 2015 – July 31, 2015
                                                                    June 22, 2015 - August 14, 2015

Ten Week Appointment:                              June 8, 2015 - August 14, 2015


Trainees must devote full-time participation to the project.  Each trainee will receive a stipend of approximately $1,836/month. A minimum of eight weeks of full-time research (40+ hours/week) is required for all students. For the summer of 2014, the majority of funding will be for projects limited to eight weeks in length.

Please note: no course credit can be accrued while you are being paid from the training grant. 

All student participants in the Medical Student Summer Research Program are strongly encouraged to present the results of their research projects at a local, national, or international scientific meeting. Sponsored medical students are required to present at the Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day held in the fall (October 2015).

Summer training should be planned with the goal that the results of the student work will eventually be submitted for publication with the student listed as a co-author. The presentation and publication of student research results is an important aspect of the summer training experience.  


Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm on Monday, March 2, 2015 

Application Form and Project Proposal must be submitted by e-mail to

Incomplete applications or those not signed by the mentor will not be reviewed.

Jackie Bennett
MSSRP Coordinator
Phone: 205-934-0440