Laboratory Science

Below is a list of the available research and scholarly opportunities within the Laboratory Track.

Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM):

Program Overview:

The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM) began in 1983 to provide laboratory-based biomedical research opportunities for medical students in order to facilitate physician-scientist career development. Support for students participating in SRPinAM is derived from multiple institutional training grants awarded from the National Institutes of Health, the IUSM Dean's Office, and the Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Structure of Internship: In Summer, 2016, seventy-two medical students participated in SRPinAM, and each student spent 12 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IUSM research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the termination of the summer, all students present their work in a final SRPinAM Poster Session.

Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (Master's in Translational Science, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IUSM medical education and beyond.

Application Process:

Students applying to SRPinAM are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student's research interests.

For a list of participating faculty research mentors and a brief description of their research interests, please follow the link: Research Mentors.

Applications are due on February 1, 2017. Apply via the RedCap Application form.

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program no later than March 2017. In order to participate in the program, the selected applicants will be required to submit a letter of intent by April 3, 2017 in order to secure their spot.

Frequently Asked Questions: Read the frequently asked questions.

Contact Information: For additional information about the program, please contact Rebecca Chan MD, PhD at rchan@iu.edu.

Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IUSM-Fort Wayne

Program Overview:

The Student Research Fellowship is a structured program developed to provide students with basic research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently. Registration and detailed information about the 2017 summer program has been announced in December 2016.

Student Eligibility:

First-and second-year students enrolled in an accredited program (DO or MD) are eligible to apply to this program. These students will be expected to lead the student research team and should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week committed to the research project.

Application:

To be considered for the 2017 Student Research Fellowship Program applicants must complete and submit the SRFP application by 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2017 by email to baileyg@ipfw.edu.

Contact Information:

For additional information about the Student Research Fellowship Program, please contact Gina Bailey from IU School of Medicine in Fort Wayne by baileyg@ipfw.edu.

Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IUSM-Muncie

Program Overview:

The Student Research Fellowship is a structured program developed to provide students with basic research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently.

Student Eligibility:

First-and second-year IUSM students are eligible to apply to this program. These students will be expected to lead the student research team and should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week committed to the research project.

Application:

To be considered for the 2017 Student Research Fellowship Program applicants must complete and submit a letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017 by email to iverneman@bsu.edu

Contact Information:

For additional information about the Student Research Fellowship Program, please contact Ila Verneman from IU School of Medicine in Muncie by iverneman@bsu.edu

Cancer in Under Privileged, Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID)

Program Overview:

The Cancer in Under Privileged, Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Research Program is an NCI-funded, bi-institutional oncology fellowship with a focus on laboratory-based research. The program provides an intensive, structured, laboratory-based research experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Read the frequently asked questions.

Application:

Registration for the 2017 summer program will be announced in December, 2016. Students interested in applying for CUPID should first complete an online registration. The application itself includes a written personal statement (500 words or less), a personal photograph, two recommendation letters, and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume. Upon completing the initial registration, students will be given a link to send to their referees to upload their recommendation letters. For more information, please refer to this webpage.

Contact Information:

Here's a listing of program contact information.

IUSM Department of Surgery Summer Research Opportunities

Program Overview:

The IUSM Department of Surgery is pleased to offer up to six 2017 summer research opportunities for first year medical students.  Research opportunities in both Surgery Basic Science as well as Translational/Clinical topics are available.  Interested first year students are encouraged to identify potential mentors in the department and develop a short, 300 word research proposal. 

Proposals will be reviewed and the most meritorious applications funded.  Students will receive a $2,500 stipend for the eight weeks of research.  Students should expect to begin working full time between after May 19 and continue for eight weeks.  Please go to http://surgery.medicine.iu.edu/research/medical-research-opportunities/, the department's medical student research webpage.  Potential mentors are listed there.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Leonidas Koniaris at lkoniari@iu.edu.    

NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity

Program Overview:

The NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientists in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer. The intent of the program is to help students gain an understanding of the career opportunities in the area of biomedical research as well as an indepth understanding of diabetes, the clinical manifestations and its unresolved problems. It is not expected that the applicant have had prior research experience. Learn more additional information about the NIDDK opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here's some frequently asked questions.

Application:

Registration and details for the 2017 summer program will be announced in December 2016.

Contact Information:

For more information or have questions, this webpage will help.

IUSM-Northwest Summer Research Internship Program:

Program Overview:

Each year, IUSM-NW basic science faculty members sponsor undergraduate or medical students in their research laboratories as part of an eight–ten week Summer Research Internship Program. The program provides the students the opportunities to work alongside in research laboratories under close supervision of a faculty mentor. The students will have the opportunity to work on a diverse area of research projects such as neuroscience, infectious diseases, innate immunity, muscle biology, obesity, aging, retinal physiology and diseases, corneal innervation and dry eye disease and others. Participation in the program, the students will be exposed to all facets of biomedical research including literature review, experimental design, data gathering and analysis.

Faculty Mentors:

Faculty members who routinely sponsor students in their research laboratories.

Faculty Mentor Area of Interest/Research Laboratories
Ted Bae, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/taeok-bae-ph-d/
Dipika Gupta, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/dipika-gupta-ph-d/
Des Kashyap
Roman Dziarski, PhD
http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/roman-dziarski-ph-d/
Tanya Kostrominova, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/tatiana-kostrominova-ph-d/
Brian Kennedy, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/brian-kennedy-ph-d/
Carl Marfurt, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/carl-marfurt-ph-d/
Ernest Talarico, PhD http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/ernest-f-talarico-ph-d/

Application Process

If you are interested in the program, please contact Dr. Carl Marfurt by email, cmarfurt@iun.edu. Application process begins November 15, 2016.

Contact:

Further information on this program may be found on the IUSM-NW website by clicking here. Students interested in the IUSM-NW summer internship program are encouraged to contact directly the faculty member with whom you wish to work, or you may see Dr. Marfurt for assistance.

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