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 spring 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 adviser.
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 adviser. 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 disbursements 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 guidelines must be adhered to in order to obtain reimbursement. 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
Previous News: 2014 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 Friday, October 31, 2014. The Scholl students had all completed an eight week summer research fellowship program and ten 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 winner will represent Scholl College at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum in Omaha, NE in March, 2015.
Scholl First Place Award:
Rona Law - Should Walking Surface determine the choice of Footwear in Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy?
Mentor: Sai Vikas Yalla, PhD
Scholl Runner Up Award:
Bryce Rich - The Effect of Total Hip Arthroplasty Approach on the Long Term Static Stance Balance
Mentor: Fang (Amanda) Lin, DSc, MMed, BEng
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL!
Last Edited 10/27/15 at 1:30 PM Karen Butterworth - Van Treeck