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FAQ

What is the start date for the program?

The participant is required to work in the lab 12 weeks over the summer between 1st and 2nd year. Typically the start date is between the research mentor and the participant. Some participants begin immediately after finishing their first year final exams and some choose to have a week or so in between before beginning their projects by May 13th start date. Ordinarily, the first few weeks of the program are critical in getting established and may include reading about their projects and learning lab techniques.  The official dates for 2013 is May 13 through August 2.  This allows for one week before and one week after the program to use as make up time for any vacations or time off during the program a participant chooses to take.  Also, keep in mind that you will be actively working with your research mentor through the month of April to come up with a project outline and complete the preliminary abstract due by April 18th.

When can I apply?

The application process begins in November of each year.  The application information will be sent out to the first year students via e-mail.

How do I begin the process of identifying a research mentor?

 
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Potential applicants are encouraged to look at the list of research mentors on the website under Faculty Mentors. There are many researchers on the IUSM campuses. Not all researchers are eligible to be research mentors, but if you have spoken to a researcher and you have an interested in what they are doing, please have them complete the Research Mentor Survey on under the Faculty Mentors tab on this website so that the Program Director (Dr. Carlesso) can evaluate the researcher's candidacy and approach them about being a research mentor in the program.

What is the stipend for the summer?

The stipend is at $5,508 for the summer. There is always the possibility that this amount could be increased, but it all depends on available funding. The stipends are partially funded through an NIH Training Grant and the Indiana Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  Some students will be funded through other alternatives.

Why should I do the MSA Student Research Program in Academic Medicine?

This is best answered in the responses given by medical students who have done the summer research program in the past.

  • “For the intellectual challenge; advancing my scientific knowledge”
  • “Opportunity to work closely with an outstanding faculty researcher”
  • “I’m considering a career in academic medicine and wanted to get an idea of what it is all about”
  • “I got to function as more than a lab technician; this was much higher level than my undergraduate experiences in a lab”
  • “Not having had research experiences, this program increased my confidence and professional skills”
  • “In addition to research, I had the opportunity to observe in the clinic, attend rounds, attend seminars and attend enrichment sessions”
  • "I can achieve a level 3 in Using Science and potentially other higher level competencies.

Do you have to do summer research to get into a competitive residency program?

A productive research experience which leads to research presentations or research publications will certainly be an asset to your residency application. Most residency directors say that you benefit from a strong, well-rounded record of accomplishments in your academic coursework and clinical clerkships, as well as interests beyond those areas. While research is not a requirement for all residencies, it is an asset for the most competitive residency programs. In addition to the summer experience, you will also have opportunities to do research electives for credit in your third and fourth years of medical school.

I was looking at the application for the IUSM Student Research Program in Academic Medicine and was curious as to what factors are looked at in your application. The application itself was relatively short so I was curious if the deciding committee would look at our AMCAS applications, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, etc..?

Selections are made by the SRPinAM Selection Committee (constituted by five SRPinAM faculties) and based on an matrix containing the applicant’s medical school Fall semester performance, the undergraduate GPA (both the science and overall GPAs), total MCAT score and the three application essays (personal statement and career objectives).  The personal statement and career objectives had a considerable weight in the selectionStudents holding a PhD are not eligible to the SRPAM program.

Do students from other campuses frequently come to IU to conduct research through this program or is this program predominantly for the IU Indy campus? 

The SRPinAM is an equal opportunity program for all IUSM campus students.  In fact, in the summer 2013, we had 12 students from the IUSM campuses outside Indianapolis.  This was our largest number yet.  Certainly, we welcome all students interested to apply.