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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.

See below for Program Details 

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. See Research Mentors. Applicants will identify a research mentor and work with the mentor to develop a research project prior to applying.
  • Research Project
    Hypothesis-driven project in basic, translational, and clinical research in biomedical or health topics.
  • Time and Duration
    Summer Research - 10 weeks of full time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) in the summer after the end of spring semester and before the start of fall semester.
    Summer Programming - May 26 to July 31, 2015. See Program Requirements and also see Summer Programming webpage (link will be provided).
  • Selection
    Considerations will be made based on the applicant, the research mentor, and the proposed research.
  • Stipend
    Varying stipend levels based on merit, approximate range of $2,500 to $4,500.
    Mentor contribution is encouraged. Supplement stipend funding from external fellowship or scholarship awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Program funding will be adjusted based on all other stipend funding received by the applicant. Total stipends for the applicant cannot exceed the amount designated by the program.
    See Mentor Contribution toward Stipends and External Stipend Award for details and examples.
  • Number of Positions
    Approximately 30 to 40 positions based on funding.
  • Program Activities
    Students are required to participate in the full range of summer research training activities sponsored by the Office of Student Research (OSR) of UM SOM, including research-related training, the three major events: Orientation (May 26 & 27), Mid-Summer Retreat (June 25), and the Student Research Forum (July 31), and the Summer Seminar Series on biomedical research. See Summer Programming webpage (link will be provided) for details on events and activities. Students are also required to submit a final paper on their research after the end of the program. See Program Requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Medical Student Research Day in the fall. High quality student research is often selected to be presented at scientific meetings.

Research Mentor

Any faculty member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) who holds at minimum Assistant Professorship position and has suitable research support to mentor a medical student can be a PRISM research mentor. 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

Program Requirements

Program Requirement document will be available soon.

  • Program Requirement

Application Documents

Application Deadline: March 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m..

Please review the Program Requirements prior to applying.

Appliation Documents will be available soon.

Mentor Contribution toward Stipend

In addition to mentoring students, faculty mentors are welcome to provide mentor contribution toward their student's stipend. The program greatly appreciates the generosity of faculty mentors who are able to provide funding for a portion of their student's PRISM stipend. Mentor contributions allow the program to extend the reach of its limited funding to a greater number of students. If a research mentor is willing to contribute toward the student's stipend, he or she should indicate the committed amount on the Mentor Declaration Form during application.

Mentor contribution will not affect the total stipend amount the student will receive. The student's PRISM funding will be decreased by the amount of mentor contribution. The following is an example of how PRISM funding will be adjusted by mentor contribution.

  • An applicant is awarded PRISM stipend level of $2,500 based on the merit of the full application. The faculty mentor has agreed through the Mentor Declaration Form to contribute $1,000 toward the student's stipend. PRISM funding toward total stipends will be decreased by the $1,000 mentor contribution while the total stipend level remains at $2,500.

PRISM funding will be similarly adjusted by any external fellowships and scholarship awards. See External Stipend Award.

External Stipend Awards

Many PRISM applicants will have applied to external fellowship and scholarship funding opportunities in addition to PRISM application. Students are highly encouraged to accept the national fellowship and scholarship if awarded.

PRISM applicants must disclose to the program all stipends funding the applicant is awarded and those the applicant has applied for pending award results. Concurrent acceptance of external funding award and PRISM award stipend will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some external fellowship and scholarships will not permit concurrent acceptance of another funding award.

External funding will not affect the total stipend amount the student will receive. The student's PRISM funding will be decreased by the amount of the external funding. The following is an example of how PRISM funding will be adjusted by external funding

  • An applicant is awarded PRISM stipend level of $2,500 based on the merit of the full application. The student also received a external fellowship award of $1,000. PRISM funding toward total stipends will be decreased by the $1,000 fellowship award while the total stipend level remains at $2,500.

Final PRISM funding will be adjusted in light of any mentor contribution and any external stipend funding in order that the total stipends for the applicant does not exceed the amount designated by the program. See also Mentor Contribution toward Stipends.