Research Opportunities

Many excellent summer or year-long opportunities are available for students interested in pursuing research at U-M. Explore a variety of medical fields through the Summer Biomedical Research Program, or review the Overview section to find opportunities at the Medical Center or beyond.

The University of Michigan Medical School Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP) provides a mentored, funded 10-week research experience for M1 students or those that will enter medical school in the fall of the current year.

Interested students should identify a faculty research mentor and submit a proposal prior to the deadline. The proposed research can be basic science, clinical, or a combination.

Medical education projects which include a hypothesis and research plan are also eligible.

A stipend of approximately $4,500 for a 10-week period is paid to the student by the program. If a student seeks outside funding in addition to SBRP, the amount the program will fund is at the discretion of the director.

Applications are reviewed by the Committee for Student Biomedical Research. Applicants will be notified by early April as to whether their proposal has been approved.

How to Apply & Related Resources

Opportunities at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation

IHPI is the nation’s leading university-based institute of health services researchers evaluating how health care works and how it can be improved, and advising policymakers to inform change.

To learn more about working with IHPI faculty for summer research projects, contact Jason Wolfe, jbwolfe@umich.edu, 734-615-3165.

Browse previous years' IHPI-SBRP projects (PDF) →

Download the Word template for summer research project abstracts.

Open the document in Word, and enter your abstract within the text box.

The font should be 10 point, Times New Roman. See sample abstract.

Important: Your abstract will not be accepted if you modify the box in any way. Type within the boundaries only!

After creating your abstract in the Word template, email the document as an attachment to sbrp.program@umich.edu.

Then submit a paper copy that has been signed by your mentor to Denise Brennan, Taubman Health Science Library Room 5100.

Make sure you complete the bottom portion of the document.

Title

The title should be descriptive of your project, but not too long. Your title is often the first thing noticed on your poster.

Include the name of the authors (this will likely include your name, your faculty advisor’s and the names of any other individuals who have had a part in the research your poster presentation is covering).

Abstract

A description of work, including a summary of your objective and hypothesis, methods, results and conclusions. Being clear and concise is the key.

Objectives and Hypothesis

State the objectives and hypothesis of the study. What were/are the specific aims of your project? Is there a 'big' picture?

Methods

A description of the methods, materials, techniques or models that were employed in your research. How was your research conducted

Results/Expected Results

Present the results of the study with a brief description. What is the outcome of your research?

Use tables, figures, graphs to summarize data.

Make sure tables, figures and graphs are appropriately labeled (Table 1, Figure 2, etc.) and titled.

All tables, figures and graphs should be referred to in the text of your poster.

Conclusions (Summary)

Describe whether your data supports or does not support your hypothesis. Describe the implications of your work for future investigation or clinical care. What does your data mean?

Poster Formatting

Posters should be prepared using laser-printer quality text, diagrams and charts. (Charts, drawings, and illustrations should be similar to those used for making slides. Keep illustrative material simple.) Text should be no smaller than 18-point font, and should be able to be read from a distance of five to ten feet. Be clear and concise.

Your poster will be attached to a presentation board (30 x 40 foam core) at the Forum by push pins.

Your faculty sponsor should see every aspect of this poster before finalizing it and mounting it on the foam core board.

Sample posters are available at Taubman Health Science Library Room 5100, please see Denise Brennan for samples.