The SMURRF program provides medical students an excellent exposure to techniques of basic or clinical research and the scientific process used to develop and investigate biomedical questions in in areas relevant to National Institute of Health initiatives focusing on pediatric sleep and pulmonary biology areas of research.

During the period of support, students will have a direct relationship with an experienced investigator and the staff of an established laboratory. The mentors will devote time to the student to allow a thorough understanding of the research process and intensive training in the experimental techniques necessary to carry out the proposed project. To the greatest extent possible, students are expected to take primary responsibility for the technical execution of experiments related to their projects. All students are expected to participate in advancing the understanding of unsolved problems in areas relevant to the funded initiatives while they are supported by the program. At the end of the summer program we expect students to have a greater enthusiasm regarding the research opportunities in pediatric respiratory and sleep disorders.

Dates of Program

The nine-week program will begin Monday, May 22, 2023 and finish on Friday, July 28. Dates are flexible for individual circumstances, but individuals must commit to a minimum of eight weeks.


Below are the eligibility requirements to apply for the program:

  1. Medical or osteopathic students who have successfully finished at least one year of study.
  2. Students must be in good academic standing and cleared to advance to their next year of medical education without the need to remediate classes during the summer.
  3. Students must be citizens of the United States or green card holders.
  4. Students must commit to a minimum of eight weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) effort toward their research project.
  5. Students work an eight-hour day, Monday through Friday (not four 10-hour days).
  6. As this is a federally funded program, students may not participate in any non-research activities during regular work hours (i.e. formal classes, other employment, medical student orientation) during the approved project period unless approved in writing by the course director before applying.