• Now accepting applications for the OSCTR Summer Research Training Program.
  • Application deadline: February 28, 2017
  • Applicants selected for participation and their mentors will receive official notification of acceptance by March 14, 2017Apply Now


The OSCTR Summer Research Training Program was initiated in 2007. It provides an opportunity for up to 10 professional or graduate students at OSCTR partner institutions to gain an introduction to clinical and translational research (CTR). This research training program aims to encourage highly motivated professional and graduate students to consider clinical and translational research as a component of their careers. These trainees are exposed to CTR principles in didactic course work and are also immersed in a mentored research experience for eight weeks. Ten students who qualify for program admission will receive up to $3,000 in wages for their participation. Others who are not eligible for employment-because they are paid from other sources—may also apply to the program.



 A 32 hour per week mentored research experience exposing participants to a full range of clinical and translational research concepts, including the extension of basic science research into clinical practice, the development and implementation of new practice models, community based and public health research, and culturally- and patient-based research.

Applicants can identify their own faculty mentor or with assistance from program faculty(Gene-Hallford@ouhsc.edu or Dee-Terrell@ouhsc.edu) can be provided assistance identifying a mentor based on their scientific interests. The faculty mentor should be currently conducting clinical and translational research. Program requirements include: commitment of 32 hour per week to the proposed mentored research experience, participation in a 4 hour per week didactic research course (2 credit hours), and working as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop key pieces of a research grant proposal. At the end of of the 8 week program, the students will present the results of their research experience in both an oral and poster format.



Funding is available for 10 students and includes wages of up to $3000 and an additional $250 for mentor expenses. Applicants receiving other funding during the program term may apply but are not eligible to receive compensation. Please contact the program directors for further information. 



Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by a committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1. Student

  • Research potential (ie, academic performance, publications, presentations, commitment to the project, previous research experience)
  • Interest in participating in the SRTP program

2. Mentor

  • Commitment to the student and the project
  • Past history of mentoring students
  • Past history of research achievements

3. Research project

  • Well-written proposal that has a clear role for the student
  • Is the project feasible given the time-frame?
  • Does the project give the student an opportunity to learn new aspects of translational research?
  • Does the project give the student an opportunity to contribute to a project that when completed would result in a presentation and/or publication?




For your application to be complete you need to upload the following:

1. An application letter (to be completed by the student).

The application letter should describe your research interests and experience, why you have chosen to apply to this program and what you expect to learn and achieve through completing this program.  Please limit to 1 page using single space, font 11 Arial type.

2. Proposed Project Abstract (to be completed by the student with assistance from the mentor).

The abstract of the proposed research project you will be doing with your faculty mentor must include BACKGROUND, SIGNIFICANCE, HYPOTHESIS, SPECIFIC AIMS, and EXPECTED OUTCOMES. The abstract must be completed by the student but you MUST consult with your mentor in preparing this abstract. Please limit your abstract to 1 page using single space, font 11 Arial type.

3. Previous research experience (if applicable).

(Note: Previous research training and experience is not a prerequisite for participation in this program but is helpful in determining the kind of research and training experience that is best suited for the student applicant.) If YES, please upload a brief description of each research project including: name of the research mentor, institution where research was performed, your specific responsibilities, length of project involvement and resulting presentations/publications, if any.  Please limit each description to 1 page using single space, font 11 Arial type

4. Standard academic CV (for the student)

5. NIH Biosketch (for the Mentor)

6. Letter of support from your mentor.

In the mentor letter of support, please describe your current research activities, including funding sources, recent publications and the ability of your research to accommodate the research and training needs of a Summer Research Training Program student. Outline your goals for mentoring and training the student you have chosen to work with AND what you expect your student’s role to be on the project during this 8 week program. Affirm that the proposed project will meet the NIH definition of either clinical or translational research, that the summer training experience has the potential for the student to present results at a national meeting or in a publication, and that you have the time and resources to commit to working with this student. (Use additional pages as needed to address these issues) Project must already have IRB approval (or letter of determination exempt status) from the institution where the research will take place.

7. Signed student statement of understanding (Template available via application form)

8. Signed mentor statement of understanding (Template available via application form)


Applications must be completed and submitted by February 28, 2017. Awardees will be notified by March 14, 2017.

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