Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

 

The PBF Summer Fellowship Program provides valuable and unique medical research opportunities for Kansas City area undergraduate students pursuing careers in medicine and medical research.

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTION

The Parker B. Francis (PBF) Summer Fellowship Program, funded by the Francis Family Foundation, supports promising undergraduate students for a 30-40 hrs per week, 12-week summer research fellowship with an experienced scientific mentor in an academic research setting.  The goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue careers in research related to lung disease.  Successful applicants will be students interested in pursuing a career in science or medicine. Summer fellows work as temporary student employees at the University of Kansas.  The PBF Summer Fellowship provides a $10/hr salary to the student for the 12-week work/study period.  The student is responsible for housing and transportation and is expected to comply with all University of Kansas laboratory regulations and training requirements.

PBF Summer Fellows:

  • Conduct research work under the direction of faculty mentors at The University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings, led by Dr. Dhillon, Professor in the Department of Medicine and PBF Summer Fellowship Director. The meetings provide an opportunity for summer fellows to participate in research discussions and give oral presentations on their research work.
  • Participate in eight one-hour training sessions with medical school students on topics such as basics of clinical research and how to present research findings.
  • Spend one day shadowing a physician in The University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Attend monthly KUMC Research Institute Research & Discovery Grand Rounds.
  • Prepare and give power-point presentations of their research work at the PBF Research Day event, with the full group of Summer Fellows and Mentors, the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Francis Family Foundation representatives.

Benefits of a PBF Summer Fellowship, as reported by past fellows:

  • Confirming interest in pursuing careers in medicine and medical research
  • Seeing first-hand the rewards of providing health care and conducting bench, clinical and community-based research
  • Sparking a curiosity and enthusiasm for seeking answers to scientific questions
  • Improved communication skills from research discussions with faculty mentors, graduate students and other summer fellows
  • Improving critical thinking and presentation skills
  • Improved confidence from being able to contribute to important medical research
  • Successful job and school applications in part due to work experience as a PBF Summer Fellow
  • Developing relationships with University of Kansas School of Medicine faculty and staff researchers
  • Developing important friendships with fellow students pursuing careers in science or medicine


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at the time of application and have:

  • a cumulative grade point average > 3.0
  • completed college-level introductory courses in chemistry and biology
  • US Citizenship or hold a US permanent resident visa
  • plans to pursue a career in medicine or science
  • availability of housing in the Kansas City Metro area during the summer fellowship period

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2019

APPLICATION FORMS

Forms: will be posted in July 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

For general program or application questions:

Melanie Monsees, mmonsees@kumc.edu

Laurie St. Gelais, Laurie.St.Gelais@uvmhealth.org 

For academic questions:

Navneet Dhillon, Ph.D., Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

PBF Summer Fellowship Director, ndhillon@kumc.edu

Polly Parsons, M.D., Chair and Professor of Medicine

PBF Fellowship Program Director, Polly.Parsons@uvmhealth.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified: Feb 23, 2018
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