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Online Application Process

Proposals from M1 and pre-M1 students should be developed with the help of the faculty mentor. All proposals are to be submitted online at the Summer Research Fellowship application site.

M1 fellowship application (PDF iconM1 Sample Proposals.pdf)

Proposals cannot exceed four (4) single-spaced pages in length. The following format should be used to write the research proposal:

  1. Project Title, Student's name, Mentor's name, title and affiliation
  2. Problem Statement - A concise statement of the proposed work to be done
  3. Hypothesis - the specific hypothesis and/or aims of the study
  4. Relevant background or supporting information - Previous work done on the project; this should be a brief description of the results obtained by others or any work the student has done to date that is particularly pertinent.
  5. Methods - How will you conduct the study? Describe the methods and details of the research plan including the number of subjects to be used or experiments to be run, if appropriate. Also discuss how the data will be analyzed.
  6. Summary and significance of the research - Explain why the results of the proposed work may be important
  7. References - Background and technical references

Failure to address each of these points may adversely affect your score.

Pre-M1 fellowship application (PDF iconPre-M1 Sample Proposals.pdf)

As soon as you have identified a mentor, send an email to Deanna Nielson to indicate your interest and provide the name of your mentor. Next, develop your proposal in the form of an abstract using the above guidelines. Keep your proposal to two (2) single-spaced pages in length.

All Students: Your mentor must write a letter of support on your behalf, outlining the project and your anticipated interaction in the lab or clinical setting. You also need to obtain a copy of your mentor's NIH-formatted biosketch. Please see Summer Research Fellowship Mentor Responsibilities for more details of mentor requirements.