Research, Fellowship and Other Opportunities

HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

Seeking African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research

DEADLINE: January 28, 2015

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latino/a medical students with opportunities for independent research along with structured mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development activities. The complete Request for Applications can be found on the HVTN RAMP Scholar Program website.   

Grant recipients will work under the mentorship of HVTN-affiliated investigators to conduct short-term research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral and social science. Projects can be:

Short-Term Projects: 2-4 months

  • Timed with a summer break or fourth year research elective
  • Travel to an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US or abroad
  • Attend and present at an HVTN Conference
  • Maximum award of $20,000

Long-Term Projects: 9-12 months

  • Research at an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
  • Can be timed with a planned masters or doctoral program, or be a distinct, non-degree associated research-focused year
  • Attend two scientific conferences, including presenting at the HVTN conference
  • Maximum award of $60,000

Project Ideas

Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the best practices for conducting informed consent and parental assent procedures to encourage informed participation of youth in South African HIV vaccine trials?
  • What is the scientific literacy of men who have sex with men in Boston about vaccines, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and microbicides?
  • Investigation of HIV disparities in men who have sex with men in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Apoptosis of CD4 and CD8 T-cells and B cells and how it relates to the durability of vaccine responses based at Emory University.

Application Materials

If you are interested in applying, visit HVTN RAMP Scholar Program website and e-mail Jenna Udren, RAMP Coordinator. We will connect you with investigators who can assist you in selecting a project or topic of interest and potentially serve as a mentor for that project. Applications are due January 28, 2015by e-mail to HVTNawards@hvtn.org and notifications of award will be made in early April 2014.

For More Information

All correspondence concerning the program should be addressed to:

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Coordinator
HIV Vaccine Trials Network

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Eastlake Ave., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-6712
judren@fredhutch.org

Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Program (MSARP) provides ~50 medical students across the nation an opportunity to do clinical or basic science research. If you aren't sure on specialties, this provides a great opportunity to get some research and clinical anesthesia experience (difficulty to do this before M3 year). This is also an excellent opportunity to see a brand new city, hospital, etc. See details below, and email me (lhouse2@uthsc.edu) if you have any questions.

For those of you interested in anesthesiology, the FAER is a well-recognized. It will come up in interviews! M3s, this is a great way to get paid while doing an away/audition rotation the summer before apps go in M4 year.

Deadline: December 15, 2015 (it was moved back last year)
Duration: 8 weeks, scheduling is flexible. for M3s, you can use this experience toward 2 option blocks during your M4 summer!
Stipend: $400/week = $3,200
Travel stipend: Additional $1000 for travel to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (in San Diego this year!) annual meeting
Application: Statement of interest, 2 letters of recommendation, "good standing" letter (contact Debbie Hester for this), unofficial transcript
Sites: Many exceptional programs around the country. You rank your top 5 and get "matched" based on application score.
Questions: Contact McLean

Summer 2015 Paid International Research Opportunities in Brazil & Uganda

FULLY-FUNDED summer travel to conduct a 10-week research project on health and health disparities! Paid international research training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students sponsored by the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program at Christian Brothers University. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Both qualitative and quantitative research opportunities are available.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Paid Living Expenses
  • Monthly Stipend
  • Life changing research and travel experience!

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students (Note: priority is given to undergrads)
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students interested in pursuing a terminal degree (e.g. M.D., PhD, etc.)
  • Priority given to students from health disparate, financially disadvantaged, and/or minority populations.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Application information is available at: www.cbu.edu/mhirt
  • Priority Deadline: Dec. 19th at 5:00pm CST
  • Final Deadline: January 2nd at 5:00pm CST

The CBU-MHIRT Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Grant # T37 MD001378

2015 MHIRT flyer  PDF icon

Cancer Research Opportunity Summer 2015

St Jude invites UTHSC students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-31) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.  

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.
 
Prior research experience is required for all applicants. The POE 2014 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.80. In 2014, 51 students from 39 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia were selected from 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks (10 weeks for returning students). All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The remuneration is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2015 application materials is February 1, 2015. Early application is highly recommended, since we make some early placements.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.

HHMI-AGA Medical Research Fellow

Application deadline: January 12, 2015

Contact Person: Melanie Daub, MBA, Program Officer
HHMI Medical Fellows Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4000 Jones Bridge Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: 301-951-6708
Fax: 240-497-2314
Email: daubm@hhmi.org

*Fellowship funding for a medical student conducting a year of laboratory-based gastroenterology or hepatology research in the year-long HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program (partner: American Gastroenterological Association)

Students apply online through the standard HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program application process (www.hhmi.org/medfellowships). There is no separate designation required in the online application. HHMI will identify applicants for consideration for this award.

The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research. Fellows will receive a stipend of $30,000 and allowances totaling an additional $11,000.

The goal of the program is to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists. Previous laboratory research experience is required. Applicants should have one or more substantial research experiences (e.g., summer or part-time).


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program

This program grants students who have completed their first or second year at a US medical school accredited by the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or COCA (Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation) the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty. Additional support is provided by the MSK Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training; the MSK Brain Tumor Center; and the MSK Office of Faculty Development. Students in the program will:

  • Gain clinical or laboratory research experience under the mentorship of MSK faculty
  • Interact with MSK physicians, PhD investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
  • Attend a weekly educational lecture series presented by world-renowned MSK faculty
  • Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab meetings
  • Present their summer research to fellowship peers and MSK faculty during the final week of the program

Deadline January 12, 2015 @5:00pm
Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program

AACAP Medical Student Fellowship Opportunities

AACAP is pleased to offer two fellowship programs for medical students interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. Please check the AACAP website for a complete listing of award opportunities.

Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Research Fellowships in Substance Abuse and Addiction

Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction provides up to $4,000 for 12 weeks of research training in substance abuse and addiction under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. This program also provides additional travel funds to attend the AACAP Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

For a complete listing of award opportunities or for more information, please contact Ashley Rutter, Training and Education Manager at arutter@aacap.org or visit the AACAP website.

NIH Diabetes Research

The NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers invite applications for the Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity. This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology, clinical investigation or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Diabetes Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

Please see the links below for more information about the program and for an application.

FRONTERA/Border Health Scholars Program

Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Border Health Scholars is a 10-week research internship offered by the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Office of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement.

The course provides undergraduate, graduate and medical students with an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region through practical hands-on research experience, role model mentoring, and integration into a network of peer researchers/public health professionals invested in the development of each trainee. Participants are matched, according to their areas of interest, with an experienced scientist/researcher whose work has an impact on border health. Students will present the outcomes of their research at the end of the course.

We encourage interested students to check out our website for more information on the program and how to apply: https://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/bhscholars.

For more information, please contact: Kameron Hanson, 520-626-6148 or at khanson@azcc.arizona.edu.

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical Students at U.S. Schools

In order to encourage more medical students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding year-long and summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.

For further information, visit: www.hhmi.org/medfellowships or e-mail medfellows@hhmi.org.

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910 Madison, Suite 1002
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone:901-448-5529
Fax: 901-448-7683

Robert Kaplan Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.