Program Components & Requirements
The JMC Student Summer Research Program consists of a seminar series, mentored research work, and a short oral presentation and written abstract at the end of the project. A written report at the end of the project is optional. Additional presentations at student research days or scientific meetings are also optional but encouraged.
Orientation session (beginning/middle of May). Attendance is required for everyone. Program participation and funding will be seriously jeopardized if a student does not attend the orientation session. Only serious reasons for an absence will be considered, such as illness, unanticipated family issues, etc. If planning to be absent, a student should discuss this in advance with the JMC Student Summer Research Program director (Dr. Constantine Daskalakis).
Seminars (~12 sessions, June-July) and group assignments (1-3). Attendance at seminars (max 3 absences allowed) and completion of group assignments are required for everyone. If planning to be absent, a student should email in advance the JMC Student Summer Research Program coordinator (Andrea Cherenack).
Reasonable modifications to these requirements will be made for students conducting their research outside the Philadelphia area. Arrangements must be made in advance with the JMC Student Summer Research Program director (Dr. Constantine Daskalakis).
Research project (7-10 weeks, 30-35 hrs/week, June-August). The exact start date, end date, and duration of the research work depends on the particular program in which the student participates but is typically 7-10 weeks. Work schedule and vacation should be arranged with the research advisor, but should take into account all other program components and activities (e.g., vacation should normally not be taken during the last week of the program during which the oral presentations take place). Required for everyone.
Oral presentation (10-12 minutes, middle/end of August). A brief presentation must be given to either the summer research program or the host department (notably Emergency Medicine or Family and Community Medicine). Required for everyone.
Written abstract (250 words, online submission, by end of September) and written report (1,500 words, online submission, by end of September). The abstract is required for all students. The report is optional, but strongly recommended for the Lavine scholarship. The written abstract and report should summarize the student's own summer research work, rather than reflect a broader study of which the student's work might have been part.
Program evaluations (online, by end of September). Brief online evaluations of the program (including seminars and speakers, research project and advisor, and overall experience) are a required component of the program.
Advisor letter (1 page, by end of September). A brief attestation letter from the student's advisor should summarize and confirm the student's successful completion of the summer research work. The letter is required for eligibility for the Lavine scholarship (see Financial Support). An electronic or paper copy should be submitted to the JMC Student Summer Research Program coordinator (Andrea Cherenack).
Poster presentation at Alpha Omega Alpha or Sigma Xi student research days (fall and spring, respectively). Optional, but recommended for everyone. Advisor approval is required. All presenters are eligible for awards.
Additional requirements. Individual departmental programs may have additional requirements specific to each program (e.g., journal clubs, seminars, shadowing). Details should be discussed with the research advisor.
Due to migration of the website, these pages will NOT be updated until April 2014.
JMC Student Summer Research Program
Office of the Dean, JMC
1025 Walnut Street
(215) 955-2868 fax