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Lavine Scholarship

Orientation
Seminars: attendance (~12 sessions)
Seminars: group assignments (2-3)
Research work (7-10 weeks, ~30 hrs/wk)
Oral presentation (10-12 minutes)
Abstract (250 words)
Written Report (1500 words)
Program Evaluation
Advisor Letter (1 page)
Poster presentation (Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi)

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The Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) 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 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 SKMC Student Summer Research Program director (Dr. Constantine Daskalakis).

Seminars (~12 sessions, June-July) and Assignments (1-3). Attendance at seminars (max 3 absences allowed) and completion of assignments are required for everyone. Attendance will be taken at each seminar, and each student is responsible for signing in during the first 15 minutes of each seminar. 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 SKMC 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 may vary slightly for particular departmental programs, but the program typically lasts 9 weeks (including 1 vacation week). 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 (Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Ophthalmology, and others). Required for everyone.

Written abstract (250 words, online submission by end of August) 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 August). 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 (for details, see Financial Support). An electronic or paper copy should be submitted to the SKMC 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 and/or the departmental program director.

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Andrea Cherenack
SKMC Student Summer Research Program
Office of the Dean, SKMC
1025 Walnut Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA

(215) 503-6166
(215) 955-2868 fax
Andrea.Cherenack
@jefferson.edu

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