Summer Research Fellowship Program
Led by Associate Professor Dr. Stephanie Wu, Scholl became the first podiatry school to be awarded an NIH T35 training grant. The grant entitled, “Summer Research Fellowship Program for Podiatric Medical Students
” was awarded until 2013. It will fund 12 students for their summer research experience.
This program allows for the training of the next generation of podiatric researchers. This program is only available to first-year students who would like to participate in research during the summer between the first and second years of school. It seeks to increase the number of podiatric medical students entering careers in the biomedical sciences through achieving the following objectives:
- Provide each podiatric student with individual hands-on experience in scientific research by joining an on-going research mentor/group at RFUMS.
- Provide an environment for either basic science research or clinical research to cater to the individual interests of the students.
- Provide podiatric students with an opportunity to maintain involvement over the course of their academic medical career.
- Provide podiatric students with educational training in data collection, data analysis, grant writing, oral presentations, written reportsand computer skills.
- Provide podiatric students with opportunities to explore career options in medical research and career development through interaction with role models, advisors, and mentors.
- Identify and foster a cadre of exceptional trainees with the potential to pursue careers in biomedical research.
- Foster among the trainees a sense of belonging to a community of scientists.
- Evaluate the success of the program from the suggestions of the faculty mentors and student participants.
Previous participants have presented their work at national and international meetings such as: the National Post Graduate Research Symposium, Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum, Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, ACFAS, APMA, American College of Sports Medicine, North American Congress on Biomechanics, and RFUM&S Research Day. Some particpants have also published their work in peer reviewed journals.
Selection is based on several factors, including special skills and needs for a particular project, past student experiences, motivation for student participation, and academic performance during the first year.
A stipend is provided for each student who participates. All costs related to research are paid by the laboratory hosting the student. In some cases, partially funded or non-funded positions may also be available.
Additional Info and Application Instructions for Summer 2013
Swanson Independent Scholar Program
The Swanson Independent Scholar Program was founded in 1994 and honors Dr. W.C. Swanson, an alumnus of the College, whose family foundation has been a principal benefactor of the Scholl College Research Program. This program allows the highly motivated student to participate in the research process from beginning to end. In addition to the selection of a topic of interest, Swanson Scholars receive extra training in research methodology, preparation of manuscripts, and grant writing.
Each Swanson Independent Scholar identifies an area in which they would like to study and prepares a written proposal. The proposal is then defended before the Swanson Scholar Committee. If successful, the student is then officially admitted into the program to begin his or her research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The project must be completed and publicly presented before the Scholar graduates.
In the past, Swanson Independent Scholars have produced some of the most outstanding research projects in the College’s history. Due to the large time demands, and the strict academic requirements, only the most highly qualified and committed students are accepted into this program. However, based on past experiences, these students become highly sought after for the most competitive residency programs in the country.
Applications are due just after winter break, during the second year of school. All applicants must have a grade point average that places them in the top one-fourth of their class. The application is available from the Research Director and must include a formal research proposal and a commitment from a Scholl College faculty member to serve as the project advisor.
Admission to the Swanson Independent Scholar Program occurs in a stepwise fashion. Initially, a written proposal is submitted to the Swanson Independent Scholar Committee for assessment, and must be defended orally in a meeting before the committee. Provisional status may be granted if the committee feels that the candidate and the proposal submitted have promise, but still require further work. After the committee approves the proposal, the candidate is fully matriculated into the program. In addition to the research requirements, Swanson Independent Scholars must submit progress reports annually. Swanson Independent Scholar status is conferred at graduation, if the student has completed the proposed research, has provided the Committee with a satisfactory written report, and has presented and defended the work in a public venue.
Up to $3,000 is available from the College in order to pay for the materials and supplies needed to conduct the proposed research. However, all Swanson Independent Scholars who require research funding are strongly encouraged to develop and submit a research grant application to an external organization as well, as part of the research experience.
No salary or stipend is offered with this program from the College. However, if external funding is secured, it may be used to pay a stipend to the Scholar, provided this is acceptable to the funding organization.
Student Research Project
Purpose: The College wishes to strongly support students who are interested in research. Students who are not interested in, or may not qualify for, the Swanson Independent Scholar Program may still pursue independent research through this program under the direction of a faculty advisor. In many ways, this program is similar to the Swanson Independent Scholar Program. However, the student has fewer requirements to satisfy and more flexibility with regard to when the work must be completed. Like the Swanson Independent Scholars, student researchers must complete a full research proposal, identify a faculty sponsor, and submit periodic progress reports. When needed, funding for the associated research expenses may be available from the College.
Students who participate in this program will gain an excellent understanding of the research process, learn to work independently, and develop problem-solving skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their professional and academic careers. In addition, research projects allow the student to develop a focus to their education. This may ultimately help them to secure a residency position with emphasis on their area of interest.
Applications: A research proposal should be completed by the student and presented to the faculty member who the student would like to have sponsor the work. The faculty member will help the student refine and improve the proposal, but will not write the proposal for the student. The student should do all that he or she can to make the proposal as complete as possible before approaching the faculty member.
DPM/Ph.D. Dual Degree Program
Purpose: The DPM/Ph.D. Dual Degree Program is specially designed for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in research or would like clinical or basic science research to play a significant role in their future practice. Each student participating in this program is required to meet the academic requirements of both Scholl College and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The purpose of the dual degree program is to provide the student with highly advanced research training to complement the clinical training provided at Scholl College. Currently, there is a critical shortage of podiatric physicians with formal research training, and this program is focused on filling that void in order to ultimately improve the level of care that podiatric physicians provide. This program is geared toward individuals who are interested in a career in research or academics, in conjunction with podiatric medicine.
Applications: Students who are interested in this program should inquire to CLEAR's director during their first year of education. Students applying for this program must meet all entrance requirements for the Ph.D. program. The student is strongly encouraged to plan for this program well in advance.
Funding: Typically, Ph.D. graduate students are provided a stipend by Scholl College.
Other Research Opportunities
Research opportunities or interests that do not fit into any of the above categories may be presented to the faculty of CLEAR, to determine a course of action. The most common exception is when a first-year student arrives at Scholl College with a research project that they have begun elsewhere and would like to continue here. Alternatively, there may be senior students who would like to develop research projects to be pursued either during residency, or partially at Scholl, and partially at another institution following graduation.
In addition, alumni or other college affiliates may present projects to the College that they would like to pursue. When these types of opportunities arise, notices will be posted to recruit student participants.
Funding is often available to cover the expenses associated with students presenting their research at scientific conferences or to participate in research off-site. Upon receiving confirmation from their sponsoring faculty member that funding is available, it is the student's responsibility to complete the necessary paperwork in order to be reimbursed for the expenses incurred with the travel. Funding agency restrictions prohibit dispursements of funds until after a trip is completed. Therefore, it is standard policy that students cover travel costs up front and then receive reimbursement of these funds upon completion of the travel. Specific policies for the reporting of grant funded travel are available on the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) webpage. These guidlines must be adhered to in order to obtain reinbursement. Upon completion of travel a Travel Expense Report must be completed and submitted to CLEAR's administrative assistant along with other supportive documentation (receipts, boarding passes, etc.) referred to on the OSR webpage. The expense report is available on the Finance Department's webpage. With the exception of account information, the expense report form is to be completed by the student traveler.
Questions concerning travel policies may be directed towards: CLEAR: Karen Butterworth-Van Treeck- x8420 OSR: x3224
News: Summer Research Fellows Poster Session
Summer Research Fellows Poster Session Twelve Scholl College students presented their research at the Rosalind Franklin University Summer Poster Session on Wednesday Oct 5th, 2011. The Scholl students had all completed an eight week summer research fellowship program and eleven of the students were funded by CLEAR’s NIH research training grant. Posters were judged on the basis of three general criteria: originality & creativity; appearance & presentation, and science & scholarship. Names of the student winners with their presentation titles and mentors are listed below. First place winners will represent Scholl College at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum in Omaha, NE in February, 2012.
Scholl First Place Awards:
Amanda Harwood – Anagiogenic Growth Factors and the Extensiveness of Diabetic Ulcer Debridement – A Pilot Study
Mentors: Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, Laura Shin, Daniel Peterson, PhD
Morgan Zellers – Bacterial Burden and Histological Changes with Progressive Debridement of the Diabetic Foot Ulcer
Mentors: Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, Laura Shin
Scholl Honorable Mention Awards:
Rashad Sayeed – Early Detection of Peripheral Neuropathy Using Virtual Obstacle Crossing
Mentors: Bijan Najafi, Ph.D & Gurtej Grewal Ph.D
Caroline Kiser – Serum Profile of Chronic Diabetic Ulcers: Identification of Biomarkers as Indicators of Non-Healing Ulcers
Mentors: Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, Marc Glucksman PhD, Keith Philibert, MS
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL!