Fort Wayne

Student Education and Research Fellowship (SERF) Program

The SERF program is a structured to provide graduate and medical students with research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently. Research methods and data analysis strategies are emphasized. Students gain valuable experience assessing the validity of current clinical practice standards as well as determining the significance of their own findings.

Several IU School of Medicine students choose to participate in this program during the summer between their first and second years to gain scientific and clinical research experience. Opportunities are available to do research in various clinical specialties through this nine-week program. Scholarships are available for participants in the program.

Program Requirements

Graduate and Medical student participants must be in good standing to participate in the program.  All participants are required to successfully complete CITI training modules and  student requirements of the research sites. Sponsors/preceptors are encouraged to participate in the recruitment of students and to provide students with guidance and work space. As part of the practical component of the program, students are expected to work independently on data collection, analysis and report preparation for research projects developed by the preceptors.

Graduate and medical students will work independently on their research topics under the advisement and direction of preceptors and research staff.  Additionally, SERF administrators will provide additional support for students.

Opportunities will be available for students to mentor undergraduate students through a six-week program designed for undergraduate students interested in research.

Review criteria for selection of student participants include strong academic records, personal achievement and integrity, research skills and experience, and/or recommendations from scholastic advisors.

  • First- and second-year medical students enrolled in an accredited program (DO or MD) are eligible to apply to this program. These students will be expected to work independently and should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week committed to the research project.
  • Graduate students: Students who are enrolled in NP, PharmD, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or PA programs and are in good academic standing are invited to apply to the program. These students may be expected to spend approximately 40 hours on their research projects.

Each student is expected to attend a series of meetings, held to provide research fellows with additional information on the preparation of abstracts, manuscripts and data analysis. The meetings serve as a forum to present preliminary data and to become acquainted with other students and mentors. In order to receive a completion certificate, students must prepare and submit a project abstract, poster and a research paper evaluated and approved by his/her preceptor.

Researchers in clinical or academic settings are welcome to participate as preceptors in this program. All researchers are expected to submit a study proposal form for their study to be considered for the program to SERF  by December 18, 2019. Upon acceptance into the program, the preceptor will complete CITI training and seek approval for the proposal of the study by the Institutional Review Board by May 1.

To apply for Student Education and Research Fellowship Program, applicants must complete and submit the SERF application by 5 pm on January 31, 2020. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a faculty member at the school in which the applicant is attending. The application form should be completed online and each letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to SERF. For more details about the Student Research Fellowship Program, call the IUSM-Fort Wayne office at 260-481-6730 or Luna Wahab, IU School of Medicine, at 260-481-6735. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 6, 2020.

Schedule of Student Meetings and Deadlines

Application AvailableDecember 1, 2019
Application DeadlineJanuary 31, 2020
Student Notification of AcceptanceMarch 6, 2020
Student Notification of Assigned ProjectApril 30, 2020
CITI Training CompletionMay 18, 2020
OrientationMay 21, 2020  9:00 am
Preceptor MeetingWeek of May 26, 2020
Didactic Lecture- Introduction / Project check inJune 1, 2020
Didactic Lecture- Methods and Materials / Introduction draft dueJune 8, 2020
Didactic Lecture/ Methods and Materials draft dueJune 15, 2020
Midpoint Meeting/ Student PresentationsJune 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Didactic Lecture – Statistical AnalysisJune 29, 2020
Didactic Lecture- Presentations- Poster and Oral Presentation Guidelines and TipsJuly 6, 2020
Draft of Abstract, Poster and Paper due for review/revisionsJuly 10, 2020
Revision MeetingsJuly 13-14, 2020
Student Presentation #2July 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Final Draft of Abstracts and Posters due for printingJuly 20, 2020 12:00 Noon
Final Reception and Final Project Requirements due- copies of data collection forms, abstracts, papers and posters due to program, preceptors and institutionsJuly 28, 2020