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NORC Summer Research Program

The application period for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research Program is CLOSED. 

Application Information & Instructions


The Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research Program is a 10 week research internship for undergraduate students only. The Program offers an intensive summer research experience and mentorship to successful applicants, as well as a stipend of approximately $2,000 - $3,000. Housing and transportation are not included in the program. Applications for Summer 2014 are currently being accepted, until the DEADLINE of Monday, January 13, 2014.  The 2014 Summer Research Program is tentatively planned for Tuesday, May 27 - Friday, August 1, 2014.

The purpose of the Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research Program is to inspire passion toward research in obesity and nutrition by providing a mentored summer research experience for undergraduate students.  Under the mentorship of one of the Mid-Atlantic NORC faculty, interns will select an interesting research question in an obesity/nutrition-related area, and will work in the laboratory and/or clinical research setting to learn and perform state-of-the-art research to answer that question. Selection of three potential mentors is required at the time of application; final acceptance into the program is contingent upon successfully matching with a participating mentor.

Students will be required to present a summary of their work in a peer group setting as well as at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Annual Student Researh Forum and will receive a Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of the internship and appropriate program evaluations. In addition to the intensive hands-on research experience, students will attend research conferences and seminars as well as weekly Core lectures presented by Mid-Atlantic NORC faculty designed specifically for this Program covering broad topics in nutrition and obesity related chronic diseases. Summer interns potentially interested in careers in clinical arenas have the opportunity to shadow clinical faculty in the inpatient setting and outpatient clinics (University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Endocrine Clinic, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, etc.).

The Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research Program Application included on this webpage is to be used by all students who are applying to the program. Please submit the following items, combined in order into ONE PDF file if possible, to complete the application process:

  • Your Completed Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research  Program Application
  • Your Essay Responses (if completed separate from the fillable application form)
  • A Resume/CV outlining your past education and research or other training
  • A Photo of Yourself (small file size please)

Please note that the two individuals that you identify as your recommenders will be contacted by the program AFTER you have submitted your application; their recommendations do not have to be submitted by the January 13, 2014 deadline.  However, please do contact them before submitting your application, for permission to include their names and contact information on your application form.

The application consists of four Stages including: Personal Information (Stage I), Academic Information (Stage II), Recommenders (Stage III), and Short Essays (Stage IV). APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014. The target date for informing applicants regarding their acceptance into the program is Monday, March 17, 2014.

Materials should be submitted as described above, by email to:   

Sara M. Sturgess, MS, RD, LDN, CNS
Program Manager, Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition
University of Maryland School of Medicine
660 West Redwood Street HH 478
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-5829 ; Fax: 410-706-5828  

Thank you for your interest in the Mid-Atlantic NORC Summer Research Program.