Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP)

Summer Scholarly Award Experience

The Summer Scholarly Award Experience consists of a full-time scholarly opportunity during the break between the MSI and MSII year for students focusing on projects related to their individual Scholarly Concentration. The student must be in good academic standing and progressing to the MSII year to receive this award. It is anticipated that funding to support student scholarly projects during the summer period will be available through the Office of Educational Affairs.  The allocation of this award is based on a competitive application process emphasizing individual student scholarship, project feasibility and potential for longitudinal development and impact.

Any changes to the student’s status (including illness/injury, academic issues, and professionalism issues) after the awarding of a summer scholarly award will be re-assessed and acted upon.  Students are required to inform the SCP Directors, Leaders and Project Mentors if they cannot fulfill the obligations of their scholarly projects due to academic remediation issues. Summer awards and participation in SCP opportunities are subject to review with possible withdrawal of the award or suspension/termination of SCP opportunities based on the student’s status.

Scholarly project proposals are to be submitted electronically and are reviewed by the SCP Project Review Committee.  Projects submitted will be assessed based on the following evaluative criteria:

  1. Professionalism and clarity of the application.
  2. Formulation of a clear scholarly question.
  3. Significance of this scholarly question to the field.
  4. Description and understanding of the methodologies involved.
  5. Feasibility of the scholarly project.
  6. Expectation that the results of the scholarly project will result in an abstract/publication.
  7. Benefit of the project to the student’s scholarly growth.

The student will be required to get a letter of support from their USF Health project mentor as part of their submission.  If the proposal is accepted, the SCP student will be offered an award (considered taxable income, less appropriate taxes), to start in May.  This award will be considered a contractual agreement between the USF funding source and the student.

Students are strongly encouraged to do scholarly projects, usually starting between Years 1 and 2.  The scope of these projects reflects the commitment by both faculty and students and has included basic science research, clinical studies, education and service.  It may be original research, a paper, a presentation, or a service and should demonstrate the student’s growth through analytic, leadership, or creative processes.



  • Biographical Information for the Student and the Project Mentor(s)
  • Project details including IRB or IACUC approval if appropriate
  • Travel details as applicable including forms needed for travel outside of the United States
  • Permissions as applicable related to working at sites outside MCOM
  • Information concerning accessing patient information at sites both within and outside MCOM
  • How project relates to the concentration focus
  • If appropriate, the PI and the student should complete the required comprehensive course on Human Subject Protection as offered via Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program –
  • Completion of Conflict of Interest Policy

The student must present a well-defined scholarly project proposal in order to be competitive for funding.  Some student project proposals may be of an original design while others may stem from grants initiated by their mentors. Whereas most projects are of an individual effort, some may be group projects.  Separate proposals must be submitted by each member of a group project.  In all cases, either individual or group, the student must clarify their specific role in the project.

The student is to write a narrative for their project that includes the following:

  • Project title
  • Abstract/Synopsis
  • Hypothesis, primary and secondary objectives or specific aims of the proposed project
  • Significance and background of the proposed project including literature support (can utilize the PI’s basic project design but it must be acknowledged and articulated by the student)

Additional information:

  • What methods will be used to accomplish this project?
  • What milestones will be achieved this summer?
  • How will these specific milestones contribute to the completion of the overall project?
  • What part (if any) of the project will continue beyond the summer?
  • List of references

One letter of support from the Project Mentor is required.  Letters of support should highlight the following:

  • A brief overview of the proposed project and the student's role in the project
  • What the student will learn during the project
  • The mentor’s role on the project, including information regarding their interaction with the student, the extent to which the mentor and the student have collaborated on a summer plan, the frequency of meetings planned for the summer, etc.
  • The scientific and educational value of the project

Expectations for this summer program for both the students and mentors will be conveyed via email along with an assessment component for the mentor.  It is assumed that the students will be working longer than the funded time on the project.

1. Application for Summer Funding (This link is password protected.)

2. Student Responsibilities for Summer Scholarly Award Experience

Students are to:

  • Work 40 hours/week documenting their hours. 
  • Complete 4 biweekly reports describing their progress to-date, hours worked, successes and meetings with mentors and any other issues via web link (link changes each version).
  • Attend workshops and lectures considered added value to the SCP
  • Complete an End of Summer Project Recap** due August 1st, 2016
  • Inform Ms. Erin Pierce at if absent (ill) for extended period of time (greater than 2 days) and any scheduled vacations/other trips.
  • Be in good academic standing and progressing to the MSII year.
  • Inform the SCP Director, their SC leader and project mentor about any circumstances that may prevent fulfillment of their contractual agreement for this period. 
  • Attend mandatory workshops and lectures considered added value to the SCP.
  • Be professional at all times showing respect to mentors, staff, colleagues and patients. 
  • Follow established written documentation and oral presentation skills as requested by the project mentor.  
  • Be punctual in their attendance, on task with any assignments, be an active participant with the project, and keep on target with the goals and objectives of the project keeping in mind the timeline. 
  • Meet with mentor minimum 1 X/week to review status of project. Internet telephony communication (via Skype or alternate) with the USF Co-Mentor must follow this guideline as well if applicable.
  • Complete an End of Summer Experience survey and attend a NEXT STEPS meeting in July 2016.
  • Be responsible for insuring the summer mentor completes an End of Summer Assessment discussing the student’s work during the summer scholarly experience as well as reflect on demonstrations of leadership and opportunities for improvement.
  • Complete the Annual Student Progress report.
  • Attend the Annual SCP Student Symposium.
  • Present at USF Research Day 2017 (if applicable). Can defer to MSIII or MSIV year if data not ready

3. Mentor Responsibilities for Summer Scholarly Award Experience

Mentors are to:

  • Guide the development of the scholarly or capstone project
  • Meet at minimum once per week with the mentee to discuss the progress of their scholarly project.
  • Help students to learn written documentation and oral presentation skills
  • Complete an End of Summer Experience evaluation. This document would assess the student’s work during this summer scholarly experience. In addition, it would reflect on student professionalism and leadership and offer the chance to share with students any opportunities for improvement.
  • Assist the medical student with presentations for the SCP Student Symposium, USF Research Day, and local and national meetings


Due August 1st the End of Summer Project Recap is a reflective one page commentary about the funded summer work.  It should include how far the student progressed in terms of summer expectations and what more will be done regarding the project looking forward.