MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM – SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2017

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering summer education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students, who are interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program is a 10-week program that begins May 30, 2017 and will conclude August 4, 2017. Up to six awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants each year. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty members in the biomedical sciences, shadow physician-scientists in a clinical setting, attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, and participate in career development workshops.  Students will work with faculty on an individual basis and as part of a research team. Research teams will include graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, and current DO-PhD students.

Students will be matched based on their interests to a research faculty mentor/laboratory at Michigan State University.  The student will work in the laboratory 10 weeks. All students will be required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research. Students will be required to make a poster presentation at Mid-SURE (Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences) sponsored by Michigan State University and to their fellow SUPER  participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program. 

Students can expect to have “hands on” experience and learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research effort; a sample of the techniques a student might learn includes: maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology and neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology.

• Students will receive exposure to the practice of medicine by individual physician mentors; this experience will average 2 weeks per physician.

 • Students will  attend a program on (1) how to apply to MSUCOM medical school  and  MSU graduate programs (2)  information on how to complete their AACOMAS (American Association of

> Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine application service) application  (3) how to succeed in medical school or graduate  school.    Students will also attend weekly research seminars.

 • A “Certificate of Merit” will be awarded to all participants upon completion of the program.

 Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience.  Accommodations in University Housing will be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing, East Lansing area. In order to participate in the clinical portion of the program (shadowing in physicians’ clinics) students are required to have their own vehicle for transportation off campus.

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of one full semester of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Selection: Selection of students is based on the completed application that asks for a description of academic interests, career goals, and research experiences. Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with research faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation ( from faculty and/or from an advisor) and an unofficial transcript from the student’s undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline for receipt of all materials in our office is March 31, 2017. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 14, 2017.

Applications should be sent to J. Justin McCormick, Director – mccormi1@msu.edu by email.

See http://com.msu.edu//DO-PhD-Program/SUPER.htm