Student Research Opportunities

The Department of Surgery encourages student research and offers various opportunities for students to become involved a variety of research including basic science, translational, clinical outcomes, educational, global health, and public health.

Summer Student Research Program of Excellence

Funds are available for student research scholarships within the Department of Surgery through the Summer Student Research Program of Excellence.  This is a 10-week full time program geared towards students who are interested in pursuing a surgical career.  The purpose is to provide students within the College of Medicine the opportunity to enhance their ability to seek out information, analyze and apply a solution to a surgically defined problem. 

Howard R. and Marilyn B. McCollister Memorial Fund Rural Surgery Research Program

Through generous gifts from donors, in the summer of 2016, the Department of Surgery introduced the Howard R. and Marilyn B. McCollister Memorial Fund Rural Surgery Research Program.   Students selected for this program will spend their 10-weeks with faculty sponsor at a rural partner site in Nebraska.  As an extension of the Program of Excellence, the application process, guidelines, and expectations for this program are the same.  Benefits are also the same, with the addition of reimbursement for one round trip mileage.  The Department will assist as much as possible to secure housing.  Ideal candidates will have connections to the rural site.

Summer 2017 Project Details:
Topic: Nebraska Rural Trauma Team Collaborative
Description: The medical student will have the opportunity to travel to various rural Nebraska communities and work directly with the local hospital’s trauma team, which may only be a provider and nurse.  The goal of the project is to provide education to rural trauma teams using the Rural Trauma Team Development Course designed by the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma.  The student will work with our local Trauma Program office to identify the resources at the local hospitals, make arrangements for the class, and participate in educational and outcomes research related to the class.  In addition, the student will help educate these trauma teams about the utilization of tele-trauma within their facility - another area of research.  The student’s home base will be a rural site in Nebraska where they will gain clinical experience with the local surgeon, acting as a surgical first assistant.  This experience will allow the student to work directly with trauma surgeons throughout the state and gain an understanding our state trauma system with multiple research possibilities.

Guidelines, Expectations, and Application Information

**The application cycle for Summer 2017 is now closed**

Additional information about the programs including participant guidelines and expectations is outlined in the program flyer, found here.  Before you apply, you will need to identify a mentor and a research project.  If you need assistance finding a mentor, contact us.

There is one application form for both programs.  NEW for 2017 - Online applications!  
You will need to:

*Documents may be uploaded at a later date, but must be received prior to the application deadline.

These positions are full-time paid positions within the Department of Surgery, where you are considered an employee of UNMC during the dates of your program
.  The Department will not support applicants who have any other paid appointment within the University system (UNMC, UNO, UNL, UNK) which will overlap employment dates in Surgery.  Your application will not be accepted if you choose to accept another paid position at the University during summer 2017.  One example of this would be serving as a mentor for SHPEP.  We understand you may not know what positions  you will be offered, and therefore, we still invite you to apply.

General Timeline

Application information released for the upcoming summer during the preceding December
Applications due in late February
Notification of awards in late March/early April
Completion of 10-week research can be done anytime from end of school year (early May) to beginning of next school year (mid-August)

Questions? Contact:

Questions regarding student research programs for the Department of Surgery can be directed to:

Stacia A. Luther
Educational Programs Administrator
Department of Surgery