2015 COM-UHP and Center for Clinical and Translational Science Summer Research Fellowship Application

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Program Overview:

The College of Medicine Urban Health Program (COM UHP) and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) have partnered to provide UIC health science graduate and professional students, undergraduates, and high school scholars with an intensive summer research experience that provides an introduction to health equity issues through the conduct of clinical and translational research and community engaged research.


The program includes:

  • 8-week summer research experience under the mentorship of a UIC researcher/team of researchers
  • 3 ½ days of intensive training and certification in clinical and translational research
  • Weekly journal club
  • End of program poster and oral presentation on the student’s project
  • Ongoing participation in research education opportunities on campus and online 
  • Optional longitudinal mentorship and professional development

Program Description:

The COM UHP-CCTS Summer Research Fellowship consists of two distinct research opportunities:
Clinical & Translational Research and 2.) Community Engaged Research.

The Clinical & Translational Research Fellowship: The National Institute of Health (NIH) highlights that “to improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications." Such discoveries typically begin at “the bench” with basic research in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level then progress to the clinical level, or the patient's “bedside.” This summer research fellowship will expose health science graduate and professional students, as well as undergraduates and high school scholars, to clinical and translational research and provide them with tools and skills that they will be able to use as clinician scientists and as future researchers who employ principles of clinical and translational research to help eliminate health disparities.

This program provides a unique mentored experience in translational and clinical approaches to understanding disease, developing effective therapeutic applications, and evaluating health outcomes.  Participants will become involved in research that may take many forms, with an emphasis on, for example, molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, clinical interventions, health outcomes, or policy analysis.  

The Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $3,000.

The Community Engaged Research Fellowship may incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods. The NIH also notes the importance of ensuring that research that takes place to help eliminate health disparities in a community also includes partnerships between academic and community stakeholders. This may involve having community members present at the design and actual conduct of research or it may mean basing the research agenda around communities' identified health needs. Students who participate in this fellowship will be exposed to basic principles in community engaged research including “Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).” This summer research fellowship will give students tools to learn how to better engage with community members in aspects of their health careers and as future researchers.

The Community Engaged Research Fellowship is unpaid, though a travel stipend may be available.

All research sites are in Chicago. 


  • Graduate and professional health science students in good academic standing are eligible to participate.  This includes students from the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Applied Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.
  • Highly motivated undergraduates and high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences are also eligible to participate (must have a minimum GPA of 3.0).

To Apply:

1. Complete online application.

2. Create and upload a CV.  Download CV development tips and sample CV here.  

3. Upload transcripts or letter indicating that you are in Good Academic Standing.

4. Request letter of recommendation (we will provide a link to your recommender).

Program Dates:

  • Application deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Recommender Reference Form deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Fellows Notified: Friday, March 27, 2015
  • Fellowship Program Dates: Monday, June 1-Friday, July 24, 2015
  • Final Report and Mandatory End-of-Project Oral Presentation: Friday, July 31, 2015
  • Ongoing participation in research education opportunities on campus and online: 2015-2016 academic year
  • Optional longitudinal mentorship and professional development: 2015-2016 academic year

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