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Student Research Fellowship Program

The summer Student Research Fellowship Program is a structured program developed to provide undergraduate, graduate and medical students with basic research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently. Students gain valuable experience assessing the validity of current clinical practice standards. Research methods and data analysis strategies are emphasized.

Some Fort Wayne medical students choose to participate in this program during the summer between their first and second years to gain scientific and clinical research experience. Some students participate in the summer before they begin school, and some choose to work on a project both summers. Scheduled time for the nine-week project is normally very flexible, and opportunities are available to do research in various clinical specialties. A stipend is available for medical students who participate in the program.

Program Requirements

Student participants are required to successfully complete the required modules on research based on their academic level. Sponsors/preceptors are encouraged to participate in the recruitment of students and to provide students with guidance and workspace. As part of the practical component of the program, students are expected to lead data collection, analysis and report preparation for research projects developed by the preceptors.

Most studies will have a research team of two and four students. Each team will have a preceptor who mentors the team on the project as well as a student research leader.

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.

  • Undergraduate students desiring a career in healthcare or a related field who have completed at least one academic year at an accredited college or university and are in good academic standing may apply to the program. These students will be expected to dedicate approximately 20 hours per week to the research project.
  • 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 lead the student research team 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 20 – 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 title and abstract for their study to be considered for the program to Andrea Maisonneuve or, Gina Bailey by February 28. 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 15.

To apply for Student Research Fellowship Program, applicants must complete and submit the SRFP application by 5 pm on Feb. 15, 2017. 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 and each letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to Gina Bailey. For more details about the Student Research Fellowship Program, call the medical office at 260-381-6730 or Gina Bailey, IU School of Medicine, at 260-481-6731. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by early March.

Schedule of Student Meetings and Deadlines

Application AvailableNovember 20, 2017
Application DeadlineJanuary 31, 2018
Student Notification of AcceptanceFebruary 28, 2018
CITI Training CompletionMarch 15, 2018
Student Notification of Assigned ProjectApril 15, 2018
OrientationMay 29, 2018  9:00 am
Preceptor MeetingWeek of June 1, 2018
Didactic Lecture- Introduction Project check inJune 4, 2018
Didactic Lecture- Methods and Materials / Introduction draft dueJune 11, 2018
Didactic Lecture/ Methods and Materials draft dueJune 18, 2018
Midpoint Meeting/ Student PresentationsJune 27, 2018
Didactic Lecture – Statistical AnalysisJuly 9, 2018
Didactic Lecture- Presentations- Poster and Oral Presentation Guidelines and TipsJuly 16, 2018
Draft of Abstract, Poster and Paper due for review/revisionsJuly 18, 2018
Revision MeetingsJuly 19-25
Final Draft of Abstracts and Posters due for printingJuly 26, 2018
Final Project Requirements due- copies of data collection forms, abstracts, papers and posters due to program, preceptors and institutionsAugust 1, 2018
Final ReceptionAugust 1, 2018