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 application that includes a 1-2 paragraph description of research interests and career goals, and a 1-2 page research proposal that should include:
- A brief Introduction with relevant background information and that identifies the target problem,
- Objectives that state the hypotheses to be tested and the specific aim(s) of the study,
- Methods including a brief description of the general methods to be employed, and
- A Bibliography to include 1-5 relevant papers cited in your proposal.
Moreover, 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 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.
Application Process: Completed applications, signed by the applicant and the faculty mentor, must be submitted by February 26, 2016, for consideration of internship appointments during the following summer. A copy of the faculty mentor’s current biosketch should also be provided.
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.
Download the application form here.
Email Submission: All applications must be submitted by the deadline above to:
ShaDel Nix Williams, J.D.
Program Director III
Department of Medicine Chairman's Office, BDB 405
Interview and Final Selection:
Six semi-finalists will be invited to interview with Internship Review Committee members in the second week of March 2016 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
S. Louis Bridges, MD, PhD
J. Edwin Blalock, PhD
Suzanne Oparil, MD
Anath Shalev, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Paul Goepfert, MD
Christina Muzny, MD
Andrea Cherrington, MD
Eric Sorscher, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Kellie Flood, MD
Monika Safford, MD
Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc