A research opportunity for first-year medical students enrolled at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
A limited number of 8, 10 or 11-week paid, full-time (40 hours per week) summer fellowships are awarded competitively to MCW medical students wishing to participate in a rigorous basic science, clinical or translational research experience during the summer between the M1 and M2 years. Students actively participate on a research team supervised by MCW faculty, and gain opportunities to observe how new discoveries translate into the development of new drugs, devices and treatment modalities and to explore research and potential research careers. Publishing and presenting are two program goals.
The fellowships are supported by several federal grants from the National Institutes of Health and internal and external sources. The research projects must align with the research focus areas of the various funding sources in order to be competitive for funding consideration. Only first year medical students enrolled at the Medical College of Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in order to receive federally funded stipends.
STEP 1 – Identify Your Project & Preceptor
STEP 2 – Submit Your Intent to Apply
STEP 3 – Submit Your Application & Research Proposal
Funding decisions are announced on or before April 15, 2018.
Summer Research training will start on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Research projects must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted into the program:
Ineligible Research Projects
The research training must be conducted contiguously within the 8, 10 or 11 weeks of the training appointment as specified by the various funding sources. Students and preceptors are expected to develop a 40 hour per week work schedule corresponding to the length of the training appointment and the specific needs of the laboratory and research project. Students accepting a fellowship must agree to fulfill the requirements below:
The Medical Student Summer Research Program is designed to provide students possessing varying levels of research experience with a hands-on laboratory exposure to research and careers in research and academic medicine. The program is not intended as a means to fund summer jobs for students without a keen interest in research or to support students working in administrative assistant roles. Summer research trainees are expected to exercise the same decorum and professionalism as expected in the regular medical education program.
Developing a close mentoring relationship is an essential objective of the program. The preceptor’s ability to commit mentoring time and engage the student in the overall research environment is essential. Therefore, faculty who anticipate conflicting obligations during the training are discouraged from making mentoring commitments. Likewise, students anticipating time conflicts during the training weeks should discuss these circumstances with their preceptors and the Summer Research Program Managerprior to applying for a fellowship. Due to the brief training time available during the summer, no vacation weeks are allowed during the funded training period. Preceptors are not obligated to accommodate time-away requests. No make-up dates are offered for the required didactic sessions.
Pending the availability of funding, a stipend is provided to help offset basic living expenses during the training period. The total amount of the stipend is divided into equal monthly installments and paid by direct deposit only on July 1 and August 1 (for 8-weeks of training), and on July 1, August 1 and September 1 (for 10-11 weeks of training). The rate is approximately $450 per week; however, the actual amount varies by resource and is subject to change annually.
Although a stipend is typically regarded for tax purposes as “other income,” it is not a wage, and students are not considered to be employees of the Medical College of Wisconsin or the federal government. Students will receive year-end tax letters documenting the amount of the stipend they received during the training program.
The Honors in Research Program is an optional research training opportunity that enables Medical Student Summer Research trainees to extend their summer research experience forward throughout their education program.
The receipt of a summer fellowship does not guarantee approval for the Honors program. Students wishing to apply for the Honors in Research Distinction must complete 16 weeks of research and write a research thesis due in the fall of their M-4 year. The Medical Student Research Affairs Committee must approve both the thesis proposal and the final thesis product. Typically, 10-11 weeks of research is completed during the summer, with the additional 4-6 weeks completed as an M3 honors elective or an M4 honors elective (available only in July and August of the M4 year), and during noncore Pathway time. The Pathway time and electives are graded; no financial compensation is provided.
Time spent on research following the completion of the summer program (including noncore Pathway time) will not count toward the 16-week honors requirement until the project has received Honors approval; therefore, students are advised to apply for Honors as soon as possible following the conclusion of the summer research training.
Only students whose projects are approved for Honors are eligible to apply for the 4-week M3 or M4 Honors electives. The M4 Honors elective is only offered during June, July or August of the M4 year. Students should contact the Registrar’s office for the timetable for enrolling for these electives.
Students who successfully fulfill these Honors requirements will be recognized with the MD with Research Distinction at graduation.