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Information for Phase I Research Track Students

Research Track Components

For the Class of 2024 - Apply HERE​

Expectations will include:

    • An individualized Research Plan which will be created and monitored by the student in collaboration with a primary research mentor.
    • You are expected to spend a minimum of ½ day per week (generally Wednesday afternoons) through the remainder of Phase I and for August through January of Phase II.
    • You will spend six weeks in a full time summer research experience between Phases I and II. You will receive a stipend of $3420 ($1720 in July and $1720 on August).
    • During the summer between Phase I and Phase II and during the fall of Phase II, you will attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of Research issues in Ethics.
    • You will spend eight weeks in a full time research experience during Phase IV. The eight weeks should be completed before Decemeber 1 of Phase IV. You will receive a stipend of $4800 ($2400 per month).
    • You will have the opportunity to present your research plans and findings:
      • To peers in the program: In oral presentation format (10-15 minutes) at the Research Track seminar—either in the summer between Phase I and II or during Phase II. PowerPoint slides recommended.
      • To campus-wide peers: In poster format at the annual Health Sciences Center Research Day—December of Phase II.
      • To a national group of peers: In oral or poster format (5 minutes) at the annual Western Medical Student Research Forum, held in Carmel, California—January of Phase II (students will receive a stipend to help support travel and registration to the meeting)
      • To a local group of faculty: Format will vary depending on your mentor’s departmental affiliation.
      • To a national audience: Students are expected to submit an abstract to a national meeting. Presentation format will vary.
    • You will be asked to act as a judge for other student’s research presentations at the Annual Student Research Forum. This will occur during the Phase III December/January ICC.
    • A primary goal of all Research Track participants is the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for possible publication. This submitted manuscript may also be utilized to fulfill the mentored scholarly activity requirement of the School of Medicine. The manuscript submission must be submitted by December 1st of Phase IV