We anticipate receiving more applications than available positions, so there is a formal application process. Students applying must first complete a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent requires basic student background information, a personal statement including a list of potential mentors or projects you are interested in working during the summer and your current resume.

Selected students will then be invited to complete a Project Proposal. The Project Proposal will include a formal one page Research Plan, a Mentors Statement and a signed Agreement & Conditions of Funding.

Due Dates and Notifications

  • The Letter of Intent is due by 8:00 am, Monday, January 30, 2017
  • Decisions for invitations to submit the Project Proposal will be emailed by Monday, February 13, 2017
  • The Project Proposal is due by 8:00 am, Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Students will receive notification regarding acceptance into the program by Monday, March 20, 2017

To apply, download and complete the Letter of Intent (instructions below). Then, email your completed application to Marianne Boehner at marianne.boehner@cchmc.org.

Instructions for Completing the Letter of Intent 

I. Student Information

Complete your current student information which includes dates you are available this summer to participate in the program and your educational background. Information regarding gender, race, disabilities and disadvantaged background are only used for our Training Diversity Report which is compiled and submitted yearly to the National Institutes of Health and will not influence selection criteria.

II. Personal Statement

Include information specifically addressing:

  • Why you are interested in participating in the SMURRF program
  • Your current medical career goals or plans
  • Identify at least two SMURRF mentors or general pediatric respiratory research topics (asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, etc.) which you would like to study during the summer and why.

To choose potential mentors or pediatric respiratory research project, we recommend reviewing the summaries of research performed by individual mentors and follow links to their respective web sites. View a list of SMURRF research mentors and descriptions of their research. Choosing a mentor will be individualized to the student’s interests and career goals based on the subject of the research as well the type of research performed (basic science, clinical research, quality improvement, etc.).

Mentors not found on the web site may be added provided the work is directly related to studies focused on childhood respiratory diseases. However, non-SMURRF mentors will need to be approved by the program directors prior to submitting your application to be eligible for consideration.

You are encouraged, but it is not necessary, to contact potential mentors prior to submitting your Letter of Intent to help find a project which you believe will be a good fit for you and your goals. There is no limit on the number of applications from students for each mentor (in other words, each mentor may have more than one application from a student). However, most mentors are able to take only one student in the summer; if we receive several letters of intent from strong applicants requesting the same mentor, we will recommend some of these applicants to submit their Project Proposal with an alternative mentor. Therefore, it will be important to consider alternative mentors or state a general pediatric respiratory research topic of interest you wish to study during the summer.

III. Resume

Include a copy of your current resume.

IV. Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not required but up to two letters may be included. Letters should be addressed to The SMURRF Selection Committee and sent separately to Marianne Boehner at marianne.boehner@cchmc.org.