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Proposed Research Initiated by Students and Mentors (PRISM) Program for UM Medical Students

Program Summary

The Proposed Research Initiated by Students and Mentors (PRISM) Program provides supervised full-time research experiences for University of Maryland medical students. The purpose of the program is: 1) to encourage students to consider the possibility of a career in biomedical or clinical research and/or academic medicine; and 2) to provide students with a realistic understanding of the medical research environment.

Supported by: The University of Maryland School of Medicine/Office of Student Research

Administered by: The University of Maryland School of Medicine/Office of Student Research

Contact Information

Qi Cao, JD
Research Coordinator
E-mail: QCao@som.umaryland.edu
Phone: (410) 706-3026

PRISM Program
Office of Student Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
655 West Baltimore Street
Bressler Research Building (M-019)
Baltimore, MD 21201

Program Details

  • Research Mentor
    University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty member or researcher at another institution. See Research Mentors section. Applicants will identify a research mentor and work with the mentor to develop a research project prior to applying.
  • Research Topic
    Biomedical or health topics
  • Time and Duration
    Summer Research - approximately 10-12 weeks between late May and early August. Dates will be announced for the 2014 program.
  • Stipend
    Varying stipend levels based on merit
  • Number of Positions
    Variable
  • Program Activities
    Trainees will participate in the full range of summer research training activities sponsored by Office of Student Research of UM SOM, including Orientation, research-related training, lecture and seminar series related to biomedical research, and Student Research Forum. Trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in Medical Student Research Day in the fall. All mentors are encouraged to support high quality student research to be presented at national scientific meetings.

Research Mentor

Any member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine who holds at minimum Assistant Professorship position and has suitable research support to mentor a medical student. Researchers of other institutions holding equivalent positions with suitable research support may also be mentors for applicants. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of Student Research prior to and during the choice of a mentor. A listing of many faculty members and their research at the School of Medicine is available online via the UM SOM departmental websites and the Faculty Profiles website.

Eligibility

First year medical students currently enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Application Documents

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m..