Application & Admission
An applicant to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) Student Summer Research Program must complete the online program application before the specified deadline, which is typically around the middle of February. Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be considered only if the delay was due to serious extenuating circumstances.
At the time of the application, each student must:
- be a first year medical student at Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Medical College;
- be in good academic standing; and
- have identified a field or program that he/she is interested in.
Summer research work should be conducted at Jefferson or affiliated sites (including the Wills Eye Institute, the Rothman Institute, Methodist Hospital, and Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children), under the mentorship of a Jefferson faculty member. Research work at non-Jefferson environments is rarely allowed and requires pre-approval (before the submission of the application).
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 relevant departmental director or research contact and/or with a potential summer advisor. This will allow the applicant to indicate in his/her application the most appropriate formal research program for his/her summer research (for description of these programs, see Research Programs). Applicants should also check for opportunities among posted/advertised projects. Applicants who have discussed their interests with a departmental research contact or potential summer advisor (when appropriate) prior to their online program application are more likely to be selected for the program.
Any student can apply to and participate in the program. However, application and selection into the program does not necessarily imply financial support. Students who are interested in obtaining financial support for their participation in the program should contact Atheia Mobley at the Financial Aid Office to determine their eligibility and complete separate applications for Federal Work Study (FWS) and other financial assistance. Students should complete the federal FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov prior to contacting the Financial Aid Office. The financial aid paperwork should ideally be completed before the program application deadline, and in any case within 2 weeks after notification of selection into the program. Students who are ineligible for FWS may still receive support through SKMC, depending on available funds. For more details, see Financial Support.
The following criteria will be used during the review of applications:
- the student’s prior research experience, including prior or current work with his/her potential summer research advisor (if it is appropriate for an advisor to have been identified at the time of the application);
- the clarity of any specific summer research plans (if it is appropriate for a summer research project to have been identified at the time of the application); and
- the student’s participation in the College Within The College program or other similar Jefferson or non-Jefferson formal research programs.
Selection decisions will be made after consideration of the fields of interest and potential advisors specified by all applicants (for example, the program typically does not select more than two students to work with the same advisor), as well as the funding sources available for the various research programs.
Each student will be notified about whether he/she has been selected for the program via email 4-6 weeks after the close of the program application window (typically around the middle of March). The same email will also include a preliminary decision regarding funding. Possible admission/funding decisions are: "accepted with definite funding"; "accepted with tentative funding"; "accepted without funding"; "on wait list"; or, "not selected". At the time of this initial notification, most funding decisions will be tentative. Final decisions will depend on the actual amount of funds that become available each year (typically known by the end of April).
Each selected student will have about 10 days from this initial notification to decide whether to accept the slot offered and whether his/her acceptance is contingent on a finalized decision regarding funding (student decision typically expected by the beginning of April).
An email confirming selection into the program and the final funding determination will be sent to each student by the end of April. During this time, applicants placed on the waiting list will also be informed of their final status.
All students participating in the SKMC Student Summer Research Program will be expected to fulfill the following requirements:
- attend orientation session (beginning of May);
- attend seminars and complete group assignments (June-July);
- complete mentored research project (June-August) and obtain advisor evaluation/attestation (by end of September);
- complete an oral presentation (middle/end of August);
- complete a written abstract (by end of August); and
- complete online program evaluation (by end of August).
Vacation may be taken during the program, but it should normally not be taken during the last week of the program period when presentations occur. For details on all program requirements, see Program Components & Requirements.
A student may decide to withdraw from the program at any time with no academic penalties or consequences. However, the student’s summer financial support may be discontinued if the award was tied to work on the summer research project.