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 is one training programs at KUMC.
    1. 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.
  • 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.  Check  out the list of projects from last year (also on this site).  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.   I will send you the KUMC application by email.  I do not publish this link.  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 March 1)

This is an online application form.  You will fill this out regardless of where you go.  I will email this link to you.  This is needed to obtain your academic grade. 

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. 

  1. Training Grants. The Training grants offer different stipend amounts, and different incentives to the faculty. These programs are limited in number and highly competitive.
  2. 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.

Step 5:  Prepare for the research experience

  1. If you are working with Human Subjects you will need to pass the Human Subjects compliance module.
  2. 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.
  3. You will need to pass the lab safety compliance module.
  4. You will need to fill out any other paperwork for the training grant, or funding sources.
  5. You must work with your mentor to have you added to their Human Subjects Project.  This should be done before you start this summer.

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

  1. Write a 250 word Abstract of your research and submit to the Student Research Forum (January of 2018)
  2. Present your research to others (choose one or more of the following)
    • Student Research Forum (everybody; March/April 2018)
    • End of rotation presentations (certain outside programs)
    • Training program research days (certain training programs)
    • Write a paper of your research and send it to Dr. Werle (if you cannot present your research)

Last modified: Dec 05, 2016

Mike Werle, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Studies
(913) 588-7491