Student Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the program requirements/expectations?
- BCOM applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Participants must complete the full duration of the program.
- Participants must attend Orientation Day and present their work at Medical Student Research Day.
What is the process of applying for the Summer Research Experience?
- BCOM faculty interested in serving as mentors submit their projects for students to choose from. Students interested in participating must fill out an online application through the “How to Apply” link and choose up to 3 of their favorite projects. Faculty are notified of the students that chose their project(s), and will submit their preferences. Program applicants are then matched with projects using a combination of the rankings provided by the applicants, faculty preferences, and the details of the research interests outlined within the application.
What is the time commitment for the Summer Research Experience?
- The Medical Student Summer Research Experience is a 6-week long program. It begins the week after the spring session ends in May with Orientation Day, and culminates during orientation week in July with Medical Student Research Day.
What is the typical workload and what is expected of me?
- Although, the workload and expectations will vary from project-to-project, and can vary from week-to-week for any given project, participants are not expected to work more than 40-hours per week. Furthermore, participants are expected to attend Orientation Day, complete the full duration of the program, and present their work at Medical Student Research Day.
Do I get paid as a participant?
- Currently this program does not provide a stipend. Although, we are looking into this option for future summer programs.
I am a first year medical student, am I eligible for the summer program?
- Yes, all BCOM students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
Can students change their project preferences after being accepted into the program?
- Unfortunately, due to the time commitment and potential for complexity of switching projects students will not be able to change their project once matched.
Is it a possibility that I do not get placed in my top choice project, or not get placed at all?
- Although we try to accommodate student preferences, there will be instances where students do not receive their first listed preference. Keep in mind that applicants are not only placed based on their preferences, but are placed according to other various factors including the availability of projects, faculty preferences, and overall research interests listed in the application. Our goal is to offer research opportunities to as many students as possible.
- Should there be greater interest than available projects, eligible applicants will be placed on a first come, first served basis.
Will students that are not accepted into the program be notified?
- All applicants will be notified.