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2018 RFA: Summer Intensive Fellowship for Medical Students

Deadline Date: 
5PM on March 15, 2018

Applications must comply with eligibility and submission requirements

Missing or incomplete documents or information will disqualify your application for review

The CTSC Summer Intensive in Clinical/Translational Research Fellowship for Medical Students is an 8‐week continuous, full‐time program that provides medical students who are between the first and second year of medical school with an introduction to basic, translational, or clinical research.  The program includes a summer research project conducted within the June to August timeframe, under the mentorship of a CTSC faculty member, attendance at research seminars of the department in which the student is conducting research, completion of a 2‐day CTSC research grant writing workshop, a poster or oral presentation of the student’s project at the following year’s WCMC Medical Student Research Day, and a written work product (see Program Requirements below).  The student's participation in this program may qualify for 4 weeks’ elective credit.

FUNDING

The fellowship includes a stipend for the student in the amount of $2,000.  Up to 4 fellowships may be awarded. The CTSC fellowship may be combined with Federal Work Study funds.  However, the student may not hold equivalent concurrent funding support for the designated research project (e.g. federal or non‐federal fellowships and awards), nor may student receive combined total funding of more than $4,000.

ELIGIBILITY

Students who are between the first and second year at Weill Cornell Medical College are eligible to apply. Applicants must be US Citizen, Noncitizen National, or Permanent Resident. Mentors must be faculty from WCM or one of the CTSC Partner Institutions.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 8 weeks continuous, full‐time program. Research is conducted within the June‐August time window and may not be conducted while Medical School classes are in session (with the exception of participating in the CTSC Research Grant Writing course which usually occurs in mid‐May).
  • Award recipients are required to present their research as an oral or poster presentation at the Fall 2018 WCMC Medical Student Research Day.
  • Scholarly Report: A report describing activities and accomplishments during the fellowship is to be submitted, using the Final Approval Form, by Medical Student Research Day.

TO APPLY

To apply for the program, eligible students should first contact a faculty member who has a research project in their field of interest to serve as a mentor.  The student and the faculty mentor should work together to complete and submit the application in the Electronic Protocol Authoring and Review (ePAR) system.  The deadline for application is 5:00pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE

The applicant should note that the director of the sponsoring laboratory is responsible for identifying and obtaining all required reviews and approvals prior to initiation of the applicant's participation in research.  This includes oversight committee review (e.g., IRB, IACUC, IBC, RSC, ESCRO), permits (e.g., radioactive materials, select agents, controlled substances, import/export), safety or hazard training and/or registration.

The CTSC Summer Fellowship support can be supplemented by Federal Work Study. The CTSC Fellowship requires that students commit full‐time to the research and training program for 8 continuous weeks for which they receive the fellowship support. Students should not have other major time commitments during this period. Please speak to Dr. Anthony Brown and My Linh Novotny should you have any questions.

SELECTION PROCESS

A committee comprised of members of the CTSC administrative staff, WCMC faculty and the WCMC Director of Medical Student Research will review applications. Applications will be assessed with respect to the potential to provide medical students with a meaningful mentored research experience.  Funding decisions will be announced in April 2017.

To complete your application please login to the Electronic Protocol Authoring and Review System (ePAR) and refer to the Application Instructions and checklist

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Required Sections in ePAR – Complete all fields.

1. Trainee Application Form ‐ Click on your current legal status to proceed.

a. Personal and demographic information: valid work email is required.

b. Mentor ‐ Click on [add] and fill in required information.

2. Biographical Sketches: Upload individual pdf files for the applicant and mentor(s); note the most current NIH Biosketch format is required.

3. Other Support: If you have other sources of funding for this summer research experience (e.g work‐study, other fellowship) click the Add a Source of Support link at the top of the page and complete the form.

B. Supporting Documents (Required Before Submission) ‐ Please Upload Attachments as individual PDF files.

1. Study Plan: Include project title, proposed start and end dates, background/significance, aims/hypothesis, methods, data analysis/anticipated involvement, and upload pdf file (no more than 2 pages).

2. Proof of Legal Status: Submit verification of legal status (scanned copies acceptable):

  • US Citizen: U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Naturalization Certificate
  • Noncitizen National: a notary’s signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status
  • Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident:  a notarized signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status and scanned copy of Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I‐551)

3. Mentoring Agreement: Please upload your form once your mentor has signed.

Questions? Email My Linh Novotny at ctsc‐education@med.cornell.edu

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