The Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) Student Summer Research Program is a 7 to 10 week program that provides Jefferson medical students with the opportunity to become involved in basic science, translational, clinical, or population health research during the summer following their first year in medical school. Program components include a seminar series, mentored research, and an oral presentation and written abstract (for details, see Program Components and Requirements). The research work should be conducted at Jefferson or at affiliated sites, under the mentorship of a Jefferson faculty member.
Online applications are typically due by the middle/end of February of the first year in medical school. The SKMC Student Summer Research Program is an “umbrella” program that encompasses a number of formal summer programs, typically hosted by various departments, centers, etc. Students interested in summer research within such a formal program should specify that program in their application. These formal research programs include (for details, click on program title):
- Basic and Translational Research (Medicine: basic)
- Center for Urban Health
- Computational Systems Biology
- Computer-Assisted Education Development
- Coordinating Center for Clinical Research (Medicine: clinical)
- Emergency Medicine
- Family & Community Medicine
- Neurological Surgery
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Ophthalmology (Wills Eye)
- Orthopaedics (Rothman)
Students interested in summer research with a mentor who is not part of any of the formal departmental programs listed above should specify the Dean's Biomedical Summer Research Program in their application.
At the time of the application, each student must
- be a first-year medical student at Jefferson, and in good academic standing;
- provide a transcript release; and
- have identified a field or program that he/she is interested in.
With the exception of certain programs (such as Emergency Medicine, see Research Programs), each applicant is strongly encouraged to discuss his/her interests with the departmental research contact and/or with a potential summer advisor. For details, see Application & Admission.
Federal Work Study and other funds may be available to support a student’s summer research. However, a separate application for that is required (please contact Atheia Mobley) and funding is not guaranteed. For details, see Financial Support.