Program Flow Chart
Use the flow chart below to guide you through applying for and participating in the Summer Research Training Program.
Step 1: Identify a Mentor/Research Team/Program
This is the most important step of the entire process. You will need to find a mentor or research team that best compliments your research skills and career path. There are many sources of information for you to make this decision:
- Programs at another instituion. There is a list of outside programs on the MedSOS webpage, First Year Medical Student Summer Opportunities.
Each of these programs is competitive and focused. There are programs at Sloan Kettering, Vanderbilt and several others. If you want to attend one of these programs then fill out their application form (step 2). There are more programs that are not listed. We do our best to list all programs, but there are always new ones coming out.
- Mentors at another institution. This is slightly different from the above in that this may be a mentor that is independent of any of the above training programs. They may or may not need an ‘application’ based on whether it is a formal or informal lab rotation. Your outside mentor will inform you of the requirements for their institution.
- Training Programs at KUMC. There are three training programs at KUMC.
- Neurorehabiliation training grant
This program will provide stipend for the summer research for the time between years 1 and 2. There are also funds for entering into a full time graduate research program after year 2.
- Toxicology training grant
This program will provide stipend for summer research for the time between years 1 and 2. There are also funds for entering into a full time graduate research program after year 2.
- Frontiers in Medicine
This grant is part of the Clinical Training and Scholarship Award (CTSA) grant. The Frontiers program is geared towards medical students who wish to take a year off between M2 and M3 to earn a Masters in Clinical Research degree. There is an outstanding video on the website that explains the program. If you think you are interested in earning the MCR degree you can take one of the required courses this summer (end of M1), and start on your research project. This will give you a great head start for the program.
- KUMC Mentors. Individual researchers at KUMC will support you during the summer program. These researchers will have labs and/or funding to support you during the summer. This is both the easiest and hardest category. It is easiest if you have already identified a faculty member that fits your needs. It is the hardest if you are not clear on your career path or direction.
If you need help with identifying a mentor or program then reach out to faculty. Contact me if you want to talk about your choices. Contact your society mentor to get input from him or her. Talk to faculty to see whom they would recommend. The most important factor in making your decision is you. It is your career and your path; you must make these decisions. We can help provide the information.
Step 2: Fill out the KUMC Application
There are many different applications since there are many different programs. There are also many different deadlines since there are many different programs. Once you have identified the mentor or program in step one above you should fill out the application. If you apply to multiple programs you will of course fill out multiple applications.
Step 3: Fill out the KUMC form so that you can receive academic credit (Due April 1)
We are making an online application form. You will fill this out regardless of where you go. I will email you the link when it is approved. This is needed to obtain your academic grade. It is also used to determine who receives the scholarships (see Step 4C below).
Step 4: Determine Funding
If you are doing research outside of KUMC you will need to work with the sponsoring institution to obtain your outside funding.
If you are doing research at KUMC there are many different sources of funding.
- Training Grants. The Training grants offer different stipend amounts, and different incentives to the faculty. These programs are limited in number and highly competitive.
- Individual researchers/programs. Some faculty and programs will provide stipends during your research. This list varies by the year, day and hour. I’ll do my best to work with you to identify those researchers and programs that can provide stipends.
- KUMC Graduate Studies scholarships. Our office has funds to support a $1,000 stipend to 10 medical students. We do our best to work with the faculty to have them add $1,500 to this amount to fund the full amount of $2,500. Normally we have 40 to 60 students in the SRTP at KUMC. This is a competitive scholarship. The winners are chosen by a committee of faculty.
Step 5: Prepare for the research experience
- If you are working with Human Subjects you will need to pass the Human Subjects compliance module.
- If you are working with animals you will need to pass the animal training protocol and your mentor will need to add you to his or her animal protocol.
- You will need to pass the lab safety compliance module.
- You will need to fill out any other paperwork for the training grant, or funding sources.
Step 6: Have a great research experience
This is the easiest part of the program, and the reason you go through all the above. Remember that you will get out of the program what you put into it. Also remember that your mentor and research teams will be extremely valuable when it comes time for letters of recommendation.
Step 7: Meet all the course requirements
- Write a 250 word Abstract of your research and submit to the Student Research Forum (January of 2013)
- Present your research to others
- Student Research Forum (everybody; March/April 2013)
- End of rotation presentations (certain outside programs)
- Training program research days (certain training programs)
Jan 08, 2013