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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2014.01, Week of January 13 – Special Summer 2014 research edition

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Numerous universities announce their summer research programs during the winter intersession.  This issue of the Caduceus Newsletter is devoted to these summer research programs, many of which are funded by either the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  St. Jude Children’s Research announces the 2014 Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program, which 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.   
3.  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) offers an intensive, six-week inter-professional Summer Academic Enrichment Program for junior and senior undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate students who are actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school.  
4.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus) offers a Summer Research Experience Program for biomedical students interested in obtaining a dual MD/PhD upon graduation.  
5.  The University of Alabama – Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program (Summer in Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Research Program, or SIBS) in 2014. 
6.  The University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester) offers a 10 week Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity.   
7.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock) Graduate School and Center for Diversity Affairs are sponsoring a nine-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research.    

 

1.  Events coming up.  

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2.  St. Jude Children’s Research announces the 2014 Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program, which 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.   

Subject: Cancer research opportunity summer 2014

Dear Biology Students:

We invite you to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-30) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <http://www.stjude.org/poe>.

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.
 
The POE 2013 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.82. In 2013, 60 students from 51 schools in 24 states, Puerto Rico, 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. Prior research experience is required for all applicants. 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 students.

The POE home page <http://www.stjude.org/poe> contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online. The deadline for receipt of all 2014 application materials is February 1, 2014. Early application is highly recommended.  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.

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

suzanne.gronemeyer@stjude.org
http://www.stjude.org/poe
http://www.stjude.org/Gronemeyer

PS I advise students to apply for several programs, since most programs get many more well-qualified applicants than they can place. Many fine internship opportunities are listed on <http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/preprof/summerprogs.html>, <http://www.asbmb.org/summerresearchprogram/Landing.aspx>, and <http://people.rit.edu/gtfsbi/Symp/premed.htm>.

Another option may be <http://medicine.yale.edu/education/omca/summer/biostep/index.aspx>.

Graduating seniors may want to look into post baccalaureate programs such as <https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta>.

Current medical students may be interested in <http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.4434829/k.8F5A/Summer_Oncology_Fellowship.htm>, <http://www.roswellpark.edu/education/summer-programs/med-students-pas>, or one of the many listings on <http://msa.medicine.iu.edu/financial-aid/summer-opportunities>.

 

--SG

 

 

3.  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) offers an intensive, six-week inter-professional Summer Academic Enrichment Program for junior and senior undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate students who are actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school.  

 

 

 

4.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus) offers a Summer Research Experience Program for biomedical students interested in obtaining a dual MD/PhD upon graduation.   

 

The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9‐week, fullyfunded, enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program. While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in state‐of‐the‐art research facilities.

 

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

 

In order to be considered for SUCCESS, students must be graduating in the year of 2015 or 2016, enrolled in a U.S. 4‐year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.

 

Applications for the SUCCESS Program are available online now through January 31st! We do hope to hear from you again, and would love to see your students apply for this great opportunity! Feel free to forward this message to students who may find this program interesting.

 

Sincerely,

 

The SUCCESS Team

 

 

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5.  The University of Alabama – Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program (Summer in Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Research Program, or SIBS) in 2014. 

This summer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program (Summer in Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Research Program, or SIBS) in 2014, in which selected undergraduate students will conduct laboratory research under the guidance of individual UAB faculty members. 

 

Student recipients of this competitive fellowship receive a stipend of $2000 for the summer.  Students will receive free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses.  The program dates will be June 2– July 25, 2014.  The application deadline is February 15, 2014.

 

We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework.  We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. 

 

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research.  This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required.  We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs.

 

Students can learn more about SIBS at www.uab.edu/sibs or by contacting me at rlorenz@uab.edu. 

 

This year we are moving to an online application, available at http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sibs/application.

Sincerely,        

 

Robin G. Lorenz, MD/PhD | Assistant Dean for Physician-Scientist Education

Director | Medical Scientist Training Program

Director | Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Program

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6.  The University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester) offers a 10 week Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity.   

2014 Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Ten Week Program - May 25 - August 1, 2014

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, ten-week, highly structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of School Services. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.

 

The Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Office of Research.

For additional information, online application and eligibility: http://www.umassmed.edu/summer/index.aspx

 

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7.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock) Graduate School and Center for Diversity Affairs are sponsoring a nine-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research.    

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School and Center for Diversity Affairs are now accepting applications for our NHLBI funded summer program entitled the UAMS Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research. This 9 week program is designed to provide students with experiences in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic research. To increase interest in research careers, students will be provided the following:


1. research, mentoring and networking experiences
2. real-life surgical observations
3. simulated cardiovascular demonstrations 
4. leadership skills 
5. lecture series on various research topics and responsible conduct of research training

 

Ten students will be selected to participate in the program. Students will be provided a salary of $3600 for 9 weeks and a per diem of $2400 may be available for housing and/or travel to scientific meetings. To qualify for the program, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants who are a member of an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska native, Hawaiian native, or native of the US Pacific Islands), disabled, or from a disadvantaged background are encouraged to apply. Students with a background in biology or chemistry are preferred and applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate education.

 

Additional information including the application requirements can be found on our website (to access click here). The deadline for applications is February 14. I am happy to answer any questions regarding the program.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kristen Sterba, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Recruiting and Retention

Graduate School

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

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