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.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Select a faculty sponsor. Contact faculty members who are working in areas in which you may have an interest. FACULTY LIST link. This 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 the enclosed 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: http://www.uasom.uab.edu/publicdocuments/april/samentor.pdf
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
- The completed application, signed by both you and the faculty mentor
- 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
- A copy of your mentor’s NIH Other Support
- NIH Data Tables 5A/5B, listing your mentor’s past/current trainees (include MD and PhD students as well as MD and PhD postdocs, by name and type of trainee). Data Tables here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm
- A copy of your CV or resume
- IRB or IACUC training approval: if the project you select will involve research involving human subjects or animals, a copy of the appropriate IRB or IACUC approval or proof that you are undergoing appropriate training must be included with the application materials. Please see Tip Sheet for Students involved in Research Involving Human or Animal Subjects for additional information concerning IRB or IACUC approval.
PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT
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 two 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.
Please select one appointment period below
Eight Week Appointment: June 10, 2013 – August 4, 2013 (20 slots)
Ten Week Appointment: June 10, 2013 – August 18, 2013 (10 slots)
COMPENSATION AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Fellows 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 2013, 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 2013).
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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Applications not signed by mentor will not be reviewed.