Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship

  • Application Process

    For 2014 we will have 8 positions available with the possibility of adding a 9th depending on the final budget. Due to the limited number of funded positions versus applicants, there will be a primary application with selected students invited to submit a secondary application. The primary application will ask you to provide background information on your education, a list of potential mentors, a personal statement and your up-to date resume.

    Students invited to submit a secondary application will be sent a form where they will be asked to submit a one-page proposal of their upcoming summer project with one of the mentors included on the primary application. To apply to the program provide the following items:

      1. Fill out the Primary Application Form. The form will ask for current student information, dates you are available this summer to participate in the program and your educational background. Information requested regarding gender and race is only used for National Institute of Health data collection purposes and will not influence selection criteria.
      2. Potential Mentors. On the Primary Application Form list at least four potential mentors included on the web site. To choose a potential mentor, carefully read the summary of the research performed by the mentor and follow links to their respective web sites. View a list of SMURRF research mentors and descriptions of their research. Choosing a mentor is challenging and will be individualized to the applicant based on the subject of the research (asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, etc.) as well the type of research (basic science, clinical research, quality improvement, etc.). Prior to submitting application students are strongly encouraged to contact potential mentors directly by phone or email to learn more regarding potential projects available for the summer. Also, if you would like further assistance with choosing potential research mentors please contact the program directors Dr. Hardie or Dr. Clancy. Mentors not found on the web site may be added provided the work is directly related to studies focused on childhood respiratory diseases, but will need to be justified in the Personal Statement (see below).
      3. Personal Statement (not to exceed 1 page): Include information specifically addressing:
        1. Why you are interested in participating in the SMURRF program
        2. Your major career goals and the role of this research experience in your career plans
        3. What specific projects from the list of mentors interest you and why.
      4. Resume: Include a copy of your current resume.
      5. References: Letters of recommendation are not required but may be included.

    Application Deadline

    Email your completed application to Marianne Boehner at by 5 p.m. Eastern, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Applicants invited to submit secondary applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014 with the deadline for receiving the secondary application April 4, 2014. Notification of selection will be emailed to applicants by April 18, 2014.