Resources for Mentors

The Office of RISE appreciates the time given by USF and affiliate faculty to mentor students in scholarly endeavors. The majority of students at MCOM are part of the SCP and as such are committed to a long-term relationship with the mentors and the project. The leaders of the individual concentrations work hard to match students and mentors to optimize a positive and productive working relationship. These students are well-prepared to do scholarly work through their participation in the RISE curriculum which include sessions on study design, biostatistics and IRB submission.

Other students seek scholarly opportunities as independent scholars, devoting a summer or elective time to projects. The Office of RISE helps connect these students to mentors by maintaining lists of potential mentors and utilizing input from scholarly concentration leaders.

The Office of RISE administers competitive summer scholarly awards for rising MSII students in good academic standing who submit applications supported by faculty mentors. Current and past student recipients of this award and their mentors have been productive, presenting results at local, national and international meetings as well as publishing in respected journals. In addition to traditional medical research projects, students and mentors have initiated outcome orientated service and educational projects that continue to enhance USF Health and the community.

Extramural Funding Opportunities

The following is a sample listing of scholarship opportunities available to MCOM students.  A more in-depth Extramural Funding List is available on the RISE CANVAS organization shell.
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  • American Heart Association Medical (AHA

    Student Summer Fellowship

    USF Morsani College of Medicine is extremely fortunate to have an American Heart Association Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship award offered through the USF HEALTH Office of Research, Principal Investigator Phillip J. Marty, PhD, Associate Vice President, USF Health, Interim Chair, MCOM Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.

    The goal of this award is to encourage students to pursue careers in cardiovascular research. Through Dr. Marty, the AHA makes awards available to three first-year medical students to conduct 8 - 10 weeks of research on cardiovascular or stroke-related topics. Benefits of the award include an increased stipend, discretionary funding and the recognition of being an ‘American Heart Association Summer Medical Student Research Fellow’.

    Eligibility: Relevant scholarly proposals accepted by the Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP) or the Research Innovation & Scholarly Endeavor (RISE) Summer Scholarly Award experience will then be further reviewed by a committee chaired by Dr. Phillip Marty for consideration.

  • AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein

    Student Research Fellowship

    In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five student research fellowship awards to encourage and support student research. Since then, the awards have grown in number to more than fifty each year.

    The fellowship emphasizes a student-designed and ­ initiated project with an academic mentor. Recipients of the fellowship tell us that the awards have helped them to learn about the joys of scientific and scholarly discovery, and increase their critical understanding of scholarship and research in health care and science. Many recipients of the fellowship have followed up their work as student-researchers to become physician-scientists.

    The student receives a $5000 award, with $1000 available for travel to a national meeting to present the research results. In 2004, the name of the fellowship program was changed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship awards in honor of Carolyn L. Kuckein, AΩA’s longtime administrator, who died in January 2004.

    The proposal selected by the councilor's selection committee must be sent to the national office, and must include, in addition to the items included in the submission to the councilor:

    • A letter of endorsement from the AΩA councilor; and
    • A dean's endorsement that should comment upon the student's achievements and potential and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.

    Questions: Contact Debbie Lancaster (650) 329-0291 or studentresearch@alphaomegaalpha.org or visit: https://alphaomegaalpha.org/student_research.html

  • NIH Biomedical Research

    Summer Internship Program

    Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD.

    Application for summer 2017 internship will be available in mid-November 2016.

  • NIDDK Diabetes and Obesity

    Medical Student Research Program

    The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required.

    In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student attends a series of web-cast seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a brief summary of his/her work at a scientific symposium for all Program participants in Nashville, TN (August 2-3, 2017).

    Eligibility: Students who are in between their first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

    Questions: niddk.diabetes.student.research@vanderbilt.edu

  • PDF- American Parkinson Disease Association

    Summer Student Fellowships

    In 2015, PDF and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) partnered to expand PDF’s existing Summer Student Fellowships Program, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the PDF-APDA Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students’ early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field.

    Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project.

    Summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with an award of $4,000. Upon completion of their project, Fellows are invited to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference to present their research. The award is to be used to support the student's summer research, for example, to defray tuition costs of research credits or to supplement living/housing costs. This award may be taxable; an IRS form 1099 will be sent to the recipient at the end of the calendar year.

    Eligibility: Undergraduate students and medical students are eligible for summer fellowships. Each applicant must identify a mentor with whom he or she will conduct the proposed project. This program is open to both national and international applicants.

    Application Instructions and Deadlines: Please note that all applications must be submitted online through the PDF website at grants.pdf.org; no paper copies will be accepted. This application period typically opens in December and closes in late January. Please see the grants deadline page for current dates. Successful applicants are typically notified in mid-March of PDF's decisions. Funding for successful applicants may commence as early as June 1.


Letter of Support for Summer Scholarly Experience

Guidelines for Faculty Letter of Support

The review committee views faculty letters of support as an important aspect of a student’s application for funding. It has been strongly suggested to students that they meet with mentors as early in their first year of medical school as possible, and definitely prior to the winter holiday break in December. Students should review their application and project overview with mentors prior to submission.

Letter(s) of support should be from the student's content mentor, on official letterhead and be directed to:
Susan Pross, PhD
Scholarly Concentrations Program

Letter(s) 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 summer, etc.
  • The scientific and educational value of the project.

The following requirements may also be necessary:

  1. Students wishing to be supported for research/projects outside the Tampa Bay area must have a USF faculty mentor write a letter in addition to their project mentor. This local mentor should be a USF faculty member who is involved enough with the project to attest to its feasibility and monitor the progress of the scholarly project.
  2. Students wishing to be supported for research/projects outside the USA must provide a letter from their foreign mentor/affiliate in support of their project as well as the local project mentor.

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