Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students

Program Summary 

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Marshall University’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is approaching its sixth annual Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)!

The SRIMS program includes nine weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities. The dates of the internship for 2016 are May 23rd through July 25th.

Vision

The vision behind Marshall’s commitment to this program is twofold:

  1. To establish a pipeline of minority students into health-related research.
  2. To enrich the current biomedical sciences research through an added diversity of ideas, perspectives, and cultures.

General Guidelines and Eligibility

Each year, applications from undergraduate and underrepresented minority students who have not graduated by August of the program year are considered. Also, students are required to present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium the last week of the program and should note this as they commit to the program. A stipend of $3,000 will be provided to each participant for the nine-week experience. Participants will receive free room and board, as well as assistance with travel.

Research Placements – Mentor Directory 2016

Faculty mentors will provide projects that will introduce students to contemporary research
in fields of biomedical science, including: cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, neuroscience, toxicology, reproductive biology,
infectious disease, genetic research, diabetes, obesity research, and nanotechnology.

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On the application, you will be asked to review the mentor directory, list your top three mentor choices in order of preference (#1 being your top choice) and why their topics are of interest to you. Your choices will serve as a guide for a mentor to be assigned. The directory of mentors and their research projects can be accessed in the Mentor Directory 2016.

Application Checklist

To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:

  • Completed application form (no fee) – If you are unable to complete your application at one time, your content will be saved. A code to return to your saved application will be sent to the email address that you provide on the application. Note that digital signatures are accepted for applicants who choose to email their applications.
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended – Unofficial copies may be scanned and emailed to the address below. Please note: you may be required to provide official copies at a later date.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors of scientific disciplines. Please have them send their letters directly to the address listed for materials so that they are received by the application deadline of February 12th. Or, as long as the letters are on official letterhead and signed, they may scan their letters and email (from their institution’s email account) them as attachments to the program at srims@marshall.edu. You may have additional letters submitted, if you wish.
  • Written statement addressing interest/experience in biomedical research, career goals, and why you would like to participate in this program (generally 350-700 words).
  • Résumé

Application Deadline – Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2016

The application and supporting documents are due in the office on or before February 12th, 2016.

Kelly Carothers
Minority Research Internship
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
BBSC 301
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195
srims@marshall.edu

Questions? Please email Ms. Carothers at carothers@marshall.edu or call her at 304-696-7279.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Identification within an underrepresented ethnic minority group in the biomedical sciences (e.g. African American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic American, American Indian/Native American and Native of the U.S. Pacific Islands).
  • US Citizenship or valid green card required
  • Academic record, particularly in science–related courses
  • Laboratory experience
  • Career goals and stated interest in biomedical research, including why you would like to participate in the program