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 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.   Research positions are 10 weeks, unless otherwise approved by the Department and the PI.

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 summer with a faculty sponsor at a rural partner site(s) 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:
Student Participant:
Alex Hodson
Topic: Nebraska Rural Trauma Team Collaborative
Description: Alex had the opportunity to travel to various rural Nebraska communities and work directly with the local hospital’s trauma team, some of which consisted of only a provider and nurse.  The goal of the project was to provide education to rural trauma teams using the Rural Trauma Team Development Course designed by the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma.  He worked 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, Alex helped to educate these trauma teams about the utilization of tele-trauma within their facility - another area of research.  Home base was in West Point, NE where Alex also gained clinical experience with the local surgeon, acting as a surgical first assistant.  This experience allowed him 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 2020 will open on December 20th, 2019

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 used for both programs.  All applications must be submitted using this online form.  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.  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 cycle opens December 20th, 2019
Application cycle closes February 14th, 2020
Notification of awards no later than early April
Completion of 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:

Alex Shull
Department of Surgery