Summer Research Opportunities Program

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Applications are now being accepted for consideration for the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center’s Summer Research Program! This application is open November 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program of the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program has been training undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups since 1995. First funded by a T35 grant from NIEHS, the program is currently supported by an NIEHS R25 mechanism (R25 ES020720), with further support from the School of Medicine & Public Health and the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through these funding mechanisms, we are able to support 6-10 students each summer.

Students enrolled in the program come from underrepresented populations, which includes students from underrepresented minority communities; first-generation students, students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with a documented disability.

The program is 10 weeks long, typically running from the last week in May through the first week in August. A majority of the time is spent working in the lab of a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor is assigned by program leadership in coordination with student identify research interests and faculty availability. The faculty mentor guides each undergraduate through the student research project. These projects are designed such that a student will not only learn research techniques, but be able to obtain usable data within the 10 week program span. Topic areas can include cancer, genetics, aging, prion (mad cow) disease, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and human development, just to name a few. The projects and other tutorials will stress the importance of environmental health science and research.

In addition to the research that is conducted, participants will engage in professional development tutorials, which emphasize the rigors of scientific discovery, responsible conduct, and dissemination of results. Another program-sponsored tutorial is presented by current MET graduate students, some of whom are MET-SROP alumni themselves), talking about their scientific journey and how they achieved this point in their career.

Highlights of the Summer:

  • Welcome Events, 1st Week
  • Poster Faire to outline project rationale and goals, 4th Week
  • Graduate School Faire to learn about different grad programs, Around July 04th
  • Research Presentation on your results, Week 10
  • Other Opportunities include . . .
    • Grad School Application Prep
    • How to Apply for Graduate Fellowships
    • Career Panels
    • Team Building Exercises

    MET-SROP Quick Facts:
    Since the program began in 1995,

  • Participants: 119
  • Post-baccalaureate Degrees: 61
    • 30+ with traditional graduate school degrees
    • 20+ with medical specialties
    • Others with other professional and/or multiple degrees
  • Post-baccalaureate Degrees In-Process: 16
  • Faculty Mentor Participation: 49
  • SROP Co-Authored publications: 12
  • Application Information

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent U.S. residents and from an underrepresented community. Such communities include underrepresented minorities, including: African American, American Indian/Alaskan/Hawaiian, Cambodian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese OR a 1st Generation college student OR from an economically disadvantaged background OR a student with a disability. Candidates must be undergraduates and although all undergrads meeting above guidelines are eligible, we prefer sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Application Information
    The application page is available November through February and is accessible at those times via the link at the top.

    Elements to the application include:

    • Statement of Future Goals & Career Plans
    • Research Areas (of interest)
    • Research Experience
      (note, applicants need not have research experience to be considered)
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Two Letters of Reference

    Stipend and Expenses
    Our program will cover most expenses related to travel, housing, and we have an allowance for food. We offer a competitive stipend of $5,000 for the summer. Students selected to participate will have access to health insurance, lodging, and UW-Madison amenities, such as gyms, libraries, and a bus pass. These fees and costs are paid by the program.

    For more information about the SROP program, please click here or contact Mark Marohl, the METC Program Coordinator.

    The Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center’s Summer Research Opportunities Program is funded by NIEHS Grant R25 ES020720, “Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Summer Research Opportunities Program (MET-SROP).”