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 though applicants holding an MPH degree are not necessarily disqualified.  Please contact Dr. Robin Lorenz ( or 934-0676) with any questions.
*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. 
  • NOTE: MSSRP preferentially only funds one student/mentor per laboratory/summer.
  • 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. 
  • If you want to search by keyword or research interest: 
  • The American Physician Scientist Association Chapter at UAB (APSA) maintains a list of research opportunities here (scroll down to the bottom of the page):
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.  Complete the online application. 
In addition to completing the required fields, you will need to have the following ready to upload (pdf is best) since it is not possible to save your application and come back to complete it at a later time. You will receive a confirmation email once the application is submitted.
You will be asked to upload the following:
  • Your resume
  • Your Project Proposal - a three to six page summary of the project indicating your research interests and career goals, introduction, project objectives, methods, and literature cited.

Project Proposal

How to Format Your Summer Research Project Proposal (3-6 pages)
Preferred font:  Arial 11
Single Space
Research Interests and Career Goals (1 page) *This section should highlight your interests and your aspiring career goals.
Introduction, Project Objectives, Methods (2-5 pages) *This section contains background information relevant to the project, objective of your project and methods used.
Literature Cited (3-5 relevant papers)


Approval: If the project you select involves research with human subjects or animals, you must enter the project’s IRB or IACUC protocol approval numbers in the online application. Your mentor will have these protocol numbers.
Training: Complete the required UAB Learning System online training; then print and email your Learning System transcript to 
Discuss this with your mentor so you will know which courses to take. The Tip Sheet for Students Involved in Research Involving Human or Animal Subjects  gives additional information and lists applicable website.

*Applications will be processed but will be held without review until the training transcript is received. IRB/IACUC Approvals and Training must be complete by June 5, 2017, 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 basisdevoting at least 40 hours per week to the program. There are four 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.

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

June 5, 2017  - July 28, 2017      (1st 8-weeks) 
June 19 2017 - August 11, 2017 (2nd 8-weeks)
June 5, 2017 -  August 11, 2017 (8-weeks with 2-weeks off in middle to be an orientation leader)
June 5, 2017 -  August 11, 2017 (10-weeks)


Trainees must devote full-time participation to the project.  Current NIH training grant stipends are set at $1,948 per month; this amount is then prorated depending on the selected appointment period and funding cycles.  A minimum of eight weeks of full-time research (40+ hours/week) is required for all students. 

Please note: no course credit can be accrued while you are being paid from the training grant, nor should you take on any significant volunteer activities or schedule vacation. 

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 UAB Medical Student Poster Competition held in the fall.

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.  


Once you complete and submit the online application, you will receive a confirmation email.
Your mentor will then receive an email request to complete the mentor section of the application; once both are received, the applications will be sent to the Admissions Committee.
*Awards will be made on a rolling basis
*Student Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Monday, March 6, 2017

Katrinia Oliver 
Coordinator, Medical Student Summer Research Programs (MSSRP) 
Phone: 205-996-0856