Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is now accepting applications from outstanding minority college students and college students with disabilities for summer research opportunities in the biomedical sciences. STREAMS (Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research) will select 14 college students from throughout the nation for the summer program that runs June 9 to August 8, 2008. This opportunity gives students the means to conduct laboratory research under the guidance of medical school faculty mentors. They also attend classes, give presentations and participate in a symposium.
The program provides free housing in university apartments, a stipend and travel expenses. For an application or more information, visit the STREAMS website. The application review process begins February 28.
The STREAMS program is funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program is designed to encourage members of under-represented minorities and students with disabilities to pursue careers in biomedical research, according to co-directors Mariana Morris, Ph.D., chair and professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and Cameron Chumlea, Ph.D., professor of community health and pediatrics at Wright State. Previous students have gone on to careers in research, teaching, medicine, dentistry, and others. Several students have won awards for their research projects.
"My vision is to give undergraduate students a taste of research and to be able to let them experience some of the excitement faculty feel toward research. It is exciting to be able to discover new things," adds Morris.
STREAMS participants will be organized into three general interdisciplinary areas: cellular mechanisms, endocrinology/hypertension and cardiovascular epidemiology. The students will spend about 80 percent of their time conducting biomedical research in Wright State laboratories and working closely with medical school faculty. In addition, they will read papers from biomedical literature, make scientific presentations, and explore the social and ethical implications of scientific research.
"These students tend to be high achievers, and they complement each other with goal setting and career exploration," Morris said of previous STREAMS participants. Many of the former STREAMS participants are now pursuing post graduate training in medicine and biomedical science.
Located in Dayton, Ohio, the community-based Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in southwest Ohio. In addition to providing medical education leading to the M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. or M.D./M.P.H. degree, the medical school provides residency training in 13 medical specialties and continuing medical education programs for the community's practicing physicians. Its nationally recognized research programs include centers of excellence in genomics, toxicology, neuroscience, substance abuse and treatment, and human growth and development.