Summer Research Program Opportunities for Students
Welcome to the VCU School of Medicine Summer Research program! We invite current first year VCU Medical School students to use this as a central resource to:
- Identify research opportunities
- Apply online for Dean's Summer Research Fellowship funding
Interested students must register for School of Medicine summer research programs through this website, even if you have independently contacted a research mentor and arranged for a summer position.
Click the panels below for instructions on how to register for School of Medicine research programs.
Review Summer Research Faculty List [PDF] to identify faculty members conducting research in your areas of interest. Contact the faculty members by email to arrange a meeting.
Eligibility and requirements for students and sponsors
- Students in the School of Medicine may do research with any faculty member in the school but must register through this website.
- Students who are selected for a Dean's Summer Research Fellowship receive a stipend of $2,500. The number of these fellowships is limited and they are, therefore, very competitive.
- Fellowships are for a period of two months and are offered between the M1 and M2 years.
- A faculty member may sponsor only one fellowship-funded student application per year, unless a compelling justification to supervise more than one student is approved by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training.
- Applicants must complete the School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Application form by March 15, 2019.
- The applicant's prospective research mentor must prepare an NIH-style Biosketch and a letter in which the mentor agrees to supervise the research and to be present for at least six weeks of the research period. Instructions for the Biosketch can be found at the following link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm. The applicant must submit the Letter and the Biosketch online via item #6 and #7, respectively, as part of the School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship Application.
Note: Submission of this online application form certifies that you will not be working another job during the period of time that you will be involved in this research project.
- Applications will be judged on three criteria: the quality of the mentorship plan (Does the mentor have a history of successful research? Has the mentor made a commitment to the student? Does the mentor have a prior history of mentorship success?), the quality of the applicant (Does the applicant have prior research experience? Does the applicant demonstrate an understanding of and ability to describe the proposed research?) and the quality of the research plan (Is there a clearly stated and testable hypothesis? Is a clear rationale for the project presented with a statement of the research problem, prior research, and gaps in knowledge? Is the project feasible? Will the project provide an educational experience for the student?). Proposals will be evaluated by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training or by a committee appointed by that person. Notification of awards will be made during the month of April 2018.
Obligations of the School of Medicine student summer fellow
- The student will devote full time to the research project throughout the time devoted to the fellowship and will not hold other jobs during this eight (8) week period.
- The student will submit a poster of their research for presentation at Medical Student Research Day in April of the following year. Not all submitted research summaries are accepted for presentation, but the best presentations are awarded prizes: 1st prize gets $1,000, 2nd $500 and 3rd $250.
- Any publication resulting from this research should acknowledge support by the School of Medicine.
Medical Science Internship Program
Information about the VCU School of Medicine Medical Science Internship Program is below.
MSIP 2019 Program Dates
- Application is now open
- Application deadline: 11:59PM EST Friday, March 1, 2019
- Program dates: Monday, June 24th - Friday, August 2nd, 2019
High School Educators: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For six weeks, each intern will be paired with a VCU researcher/scientist, either on the Monroe Park campus or the MCV campus. Under the guidance of the lab mentor, interns will work on a research project. Interns will work in a lab environment and conduct research by proposing hypotheses, performing experiments, and analyzing results. Interns will typically be working in the lab Monday – Friday and may average 30+ hours a week. During the last week of the program, the interns will present their projects to their peers, friends, family, and the VCU community.
During the program, the interns will have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars and events sponsored by VCU or by organizations affiliated with VCU. Further information
regarding the seminars and events will be provided to the interns once the program begins.
Unfortunately at this time, VCU MSIP will not be able to offer the interns a stipend.
MSIP has foundational support from the VCU Center on Health Disparities and the VCU School of Medicine Admissions.
- Our selection committee reviews and accepts interns with a holistic view of the entire application. Demonstrated academic ability, past experiences, as well as attributes of character and personality are significant in the selection process.
- Read the entire application and be sure to complete all sections.
- The documents are set to use forms. Type in the given gray space and the form will expand to accommodate your typing. You can tab between fields. Please be concise in your answers.
- After completing your application, please email it to email@example.com. We will send you a confirmation email when we receive it.
- Important: Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, please add your first name, last name, and the year to the file name of your application (e.g. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME 2019application.doc).
- After emailing the application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline, please check your email on a regular basis. Email is our primary means of communication. Please do not mail in your application or any other documents.
- Keep a copy of your completed application for your records.
- As part of the "VCU Goes Green" initiative, we will be accepting electronic scans of supporting documents such as transcripts and standardized test scores.
- Click here for application (2019 application now available)
- Completed reference form must be emailed from the reference writer's email address to email@example.com by the deadline. Please do not mail in the reference form.
- Please add the applicant's first and last name to the file name before sending. (e.g. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME 2019referenceform.doc)
- 2019 MSIP Reference Writer Form (2019 reference form now available)
- 11:59pm EST on Thursday, March 1, 2019 is the deadline for all applications and supporting documents to be emailed.
- Monday, March 25, 2019: Decisions will be emailed to each applicant. Contact with selected interns and the waitlist may be sooner.
- Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 02, 2019: Program dates.
- Friday, August 02, 2019: Presentation by the interns.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A:High school students and rising college freshmen in the Greater Richmond Area are encouraged to apply.
Q: Is residential housing provided?
A: Due to funding and staffing limitations, our program is currently unable to provide housing for interns.
Q: Is there an application fee or tuition to participate in the program?
A: No, the application is free and it is available now.
Q: Are there safety concerns in the lab?
A: Interns are required to follow all laboratory safety procedures. There are safety forms and tests to complete at the beginning of the program.
Q: What about confidentiality issues when shadowing physicians?
A: Students are required to sign and abide by the provisions stated by VCUHS for all patient information and related documents.
Q: Is this internship only for Virginia students?
A: Yes. Since the program does not cover the cost of housing and transportation, we are only able to accept students who live in and around the Richmond area.
Q: What is the time commitment for research?
A: Developing manual dexterity and skills for running experiments and acquiring an in depth knowledge of a research project requires a great deal of time commitment and effort. Thus, it is recommended that students work at least 30 hours a week to develop those skills. Due to the nature of the various projects, hours may fluctuate from week to week, and it is up to the mentor and the intern to work out suitable hours. Students are expected to attend all 6 weeks of the program. If you have other school activities (e.g., sports camps or training, band trips, travel abroad), or family vacations planned for this 6 week period, please notify the director immediately. If the intern is or has to be absent from the program for an extended period of time, the intern may be dropped from the prgoram (depending on the circumstances).
Q: What time to what time do I have to work each week?
A: Typically, interns will be working 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
Q: How do I contact someone if I have questions or comments abot the MSIP?
A: For comments and questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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