Application Process

Students who are interested in participating in the Summer Scholars Program, have two options for expressing their interest in the program. Students may either select their mentor by reaching out to a mentor who then agrees to work with them on their project, or students can opt to be matched with a mentor whose research aligns with the area of interest of the student. All students interested in joining the Summer Scholars program should submit an application, which includes a Letter of Intent and abstract (250 words) by February 8, 2021, by 5 p.m.

Students interested in working with specific mentors should reach out to mentors from the faculty list provided. Students who select their mentors in this method should work with their mentor to develop a proposal.

The Research Project: Select Your Mentor and Submit a Proposal

  • Identify a mentor (SVM, Hansen’s, PBRC, TNPRC, LSU SPH)
    • Select an area of interest to you (we will help you).
    • Students can work on projects that a mentor has designed / ongoing.
    • Students may propose their own project idea.
    • Submit application. See checklist for details
  • Develop a proposal – due May 15, 2021
    • Projects begin with the creation of a proposal and continue until the study is finished at the end of the summer.
    • Any biomedical research is considered eligible.
    • It should be focused and “doable”.
  • Do the research
    • Body of work that you do over the summer (8-10 weeks).
  • Report the results
    • Poster (Symposium, Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day)
  • May develop into more
    • Studies may continue after the summer ends.
    • Elective class time may be used for research.
    • Might develop into PhD.

Students who are uncertain of who they would like to work with - or who would prefer to be paired with a faculty member based on students area of interest, may complete a rank order form instead. Students will rank their areas of interest based on the research areas of the mentors who are taking Summer Scholar’s each year. Students should submit their rankings, their SVM GPA, class standing, a brief description of their interest in research and its potential relevance to their career goals.

The Research Project: Rank your Areas of Interest

  • Identify an area of interest (SVM, Hansen’s, PBRC, TNPRC, LSU SPH)
    • Select 3 areas of interest to you.
    • Students will be assigned projects that a mentor has designed / ongoing.
  • Develop a proposal – this becomes the application
    • Proposal will be less extensive than the full proposal outlined in #1
    • Based on how you see your experience furthering your career goals
    • Do the research
    • Body of work that you do over the summer (8-10 weeks).
  • Report the results
    • Poster (Symposium, Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day)
  • May develop into more
    • Studies may continue after the summer ends.
    • Elective class time may be used for research.
    • Might develop into PhD.

Selection criteria used to guide the Advisory Committee include:

  1. Student grade point average, ranking in their class, academic background, interest in research, and relevance to their career goals
  2. Feasibility of the potential research projects, and value as a learning experience.
  3. Level of support and guidance expected to be provided by their mentor.