NIH Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Medical Research Scholars Program
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014 by 11:59 PM ET
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cycle of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The MRSP is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or at a close-by NIH facility that matches their research interest and career goals.
A complete online application must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on January 15, 2014.
Please note: NIH MRSP candidates are required to submit an official medical, dental, or veterinary school transcript if accepted to participate in the program – the grades entered into the electronic application are for evaluation purposes only. Furthermore, candidates must provide contact information for three references in order to receive an electronic system-generated request for a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can only be submitted electronically, andmust be received on or before January 22, 2014 by 11:59 PM ET. Eligible candidates will be invited to the NIH to participate in interviews on March 3, 2014, and will interview with NIH senior investigators and have an opportunity to tour the NIH Clinical Center and program housing facilities. Candidates accepted into the program will be notified in early April 2014. Program participants receive an annual stipend, which is currently $33,700. Participants are required to live in provided housing in Bethesda, MD. Scholars will also be reimbursed for reasonable costs associated with relocation to the NIH and back to their school at the end of the fellowship, up to a predetermined maximum amount.
Eligibility requirements for the MRSP include the following:
- Candidates must be currently enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), an osteopathic school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or a veterinary medical college accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Council on Education.
- Candidates in a double degree (MD/PhD) are eligible to apply.
- MRSP is designed for students who have completed their initial clinical rotations (typically third-year) but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed these rotations.Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents
- Fourth-year students qualify to apply and participate in the MRSP. However, accepted fourth-year students must defer graduation before participation.
NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-30) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <http://www.stjude.org/poe>. The program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.
A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.
POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). Prior research experience is required for all applicants. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The remuneration is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local students
The POE home page <http://www.stjude.org/poe> contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online. The deadline for receipt of all 2014 application materials is February 1, 2014. Early application is highly recommended. Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested.. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.
Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678