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 vision behind Marshall’s commitment to this program is twofold:
- To establish a pipeline of minority students into health-related research.
- 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
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, and reproductive biology. On the application, you will be asked to choose your top three areas of interest and a mentor will be assigned to you in one of those fields. If one is not available, you will be assigned a different mentor. The directory of mentors and their research projects can be accessed in our Mentor Directory.
Application Checklist – Application & Instructions
To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:
- Completed application form (no fee) with signature – Note that digital signatures are accepted for applicants who choose to e-mail their applications.
- Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
- Two letters of recommendation from professors of scientific disciplines. Please note: we do not have a form for the recommendation letters, but they should be on official letterhead and sent directly from the writers.
- Written statement addressing interest/experience in biomedical research, career goals, and why you would like to participate in this program (generally 1-3 pages).
The application and supporting documents are due in the office on or before February 15th. All materials are to be mailed or e-mailed to the following:
Minority Research Internship
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195
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