UK Population Medicine Summer Research Program: Information and Application


The UK Population Medicine Summer Research Program (PM-SRP) provides summer research experience to rising 2nd-year medical students and offers a $1,500 stipend over an 8-week period. The goal of the PM-SRP is to provide medical students the opportunity to participate in a research project and expose them to the research environment of an academic medical center and the activities of academic physicians and other faculty.

Suitable projects will be designed to allow you to learn and participate in medical research, including formulating a hypothesis, experimental design and executing the work as well as analyzing the results.

 Your mentor for the summer can be any faculty member at UK, so long as they agree to guide you through a project that falls within the broad interest areas of family and community/primary care–based research. The following areas of research and investigation are broadly reflective of likely interest areas for a PM-SRP project:

  • Patient-centered Outcomes research
  • Community-engaged research
  • Public health
  • Practice-based primary care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Other studies of specific behaviors or diseases of interest to primary care

Fellows commit to present the results of their research to Community Medicine Faculty and staff at the end of the program.  They also are required to submit the project to the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Spring research showcase, or another suitable research conference. 

See the outcomes of work by former PM-SRP fellows!

2016: Erica Schuster. Mentor: Lars Peterson
2017: Erika Russ. Mentor: Maria G. Castro
2017: Jessica Adkins. Mentor: Keisa Fallin-Bennett
2018: Jessica Creager.  Mentor: Lars Peterson

See the Summer Research Program Brochure for additional information about this exciting opportunity!  

How to apply

The UK Population Medicine Summer Research Fellowship - 2021 application form.

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Important dates

   Application posting date:  January 28, 2021
   Application due date:  Friday, March 19, 2021
   Notification:  First week of April 2021

 Research Program Project
               The fellowship is intended to be completed during the dates of Mon., June 7 — Fri. July 30, 2021.

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