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Funds are available for student research scholarships. The purpose of these research scholarships is to provide students within the College of Medicine, including the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP), the opportunity to enhance their ability to seek out information and to analyze and apply it to the solution of a defined problem. The stipends are limited to students accepted for admission and currently enrolled students: first year students, in particular, are encouraged to engage in research during the summer and seek scholarship support. This program will not support projects that require travel outside of the State of Nebraska. The student will spend 8-12 weeks in the research endeavor, and is expected to spend a significant number of hours (40/week) in the laboratory. Students that are required to participate in a Rural Clinical Block Rotation during the summer will only be allowed to participate in research a maximum of ten weeks and should schedule the Rural Clinical Block before or after their time in the laboratory.
Several sources of funding will be used to make awards on the basis of competitive applications reviewed by the Research and Development Committee. Although there are opportunities for research in any basic or clinical area of medicine, as well as medical education research, if general support funds for this program are limited priority will be given to areas where specific funding is available. These areas include: kidney physiology or renal disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and cancer. Although there is no need for a student to apply for any specific funding source, the student may want to keep these specific research areas in mind when searching for a faculty sponsor. Ultimately, the Research and Development Committee identifies the appropriate funding source for each award.
The application must include a research plan of two to four pages that includes background, hypothesis and specific aims, and a methods section. The methods section should also include a description of the data analysis plan. The student must write the proposal. Proposals containing obvious verbatim copies of sections from faculty advisor’s grants will be rejected. Each applicant is requested to provide additional biographical information using the enclosed form. Note also that projects consisting of only retrospective chart review will not receive highest priority and may not be funded.
A letter of support is required from the faculty sponsor under whose supervision the research is to be carried out. This letter should make clear the role of the student in the proposed research activity and the commitment of the faculty member in spending a significant amount of time in direct contact with the student. If the research project requires IRB or IACUC approval, the mentor must ensure that approval is finalized prior to the start of the project. Awards are to be used for student stipends, and thus, the faculty sponsor is expected to provide laboratory space, supplies and any necessary additional financial support. This should be confirmed in the sponsor’s letter. A faculty sponsor cannot support more than one student for summer research and must have an appointment in the College of Medicine.
The maximum award will be $4,500 per student. That total will be prorated based on the amount of time spent in the research endeavor (8-12 weeks). The Dean’s Business Office will make the awards. The Nebraska Medical Foundation requires that the recipient be available to accept the award at a meeting of their organization.
Students should access the UNMC web site, www.unmc.edu to search for faculty willing to serve as sponsors in research projects. If a student needs assistance, please call (402) 559-8242 or e-mail Sonja Cox.
Applications are due at the end of February each year. Send them to the Office of Research and Development located in MSC, Room 4017, ZIP 5520.
Notification of awards will be by letter with a general effective date of May 1. An abstract written with assistance from the faculty sponsor is due the first Monday in October. It will be one to two pages in length and include an Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion section. All scholarship recipients are encouraged to present the results of their research at the annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum in the spring. The student should acknowledge the source of support.
The following criteria will be addressed during the assessment of each application.