Beloit Summer Biomedical Research Scholars Program
Beloit College 2013 Summer Biomedical Research Scholars Program
Students are invited to apply to the Beloit College Summer Biomedical Research Scholars Program. This program will fund 8 weeks of mentored biomedical lab research and living expenses in the Chicago area during summer 2013 (typically June 1- July 31). Applicants must be current Beloit College students with a strong interest in biomedical research. In previous years, our Biomed Scholars have worked in Chicago labs focusing on microbiology, immunology, pathology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, neurobiology. This year we will likely have funding to provide summer stipends for some students working in Chicago area labs as well as some students conducting research on campus in the laboratories of Beloit faculty. Applicants should submit their applications to Professor Micho Gravis by Feb 10. Application materials must be submitted online at the Biomedical Research Scholars Program Moodle group page.
In the letter of application (~2 pages), students should discuss their motivation and rationale for seeking a summer research experience and how their academic background and other experiences will prepare them to conduct summer research. The application letter should discuss potential research interests, future career goals, and how a summer research experience will facilitate their educational and career goals. Applicants should also describe any previous research experiences they may have had. Students should describe the general areas of research they are interested in and then browse the webpages of biomedical research scientists at Rush and Loyola universities in Chicago who are doing research related to their interests. We have particularly strong ties with Beloit alumnus Dr. Larry Thomas, an immunologist at Rush, and Dr. Alan Wolfe, a microbiologist at Loyola and parent of a Beloit graduate. Drs. Thomas and Wolfe have previously hosted Beloit students in their own labs and helped us place Beloit students in various other labs at Rush and Loyola. The application should include a list of 3-4 Rush and 3-4 Loyola faculty members that applicants might be interested in working with (ranked in order of preference). Applicants are especially encouraged to list faculty members from the Microbiology and Immunology Departments at Rush and Loyola but we have occasionally had students work with faculty from other departments at Rush and Loyola. Students should not contact labs they are interested in right now, but should instead simply provide the list in the application letter.
In addition to the application letter, a complete application must include a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), a separate document listing relevant Biology and Chemistry courses taken, a record of college grades/academic transcript (unofficial transcript is fine), and a letter of recommendation from one or two science professors. Please also indicate if you are an Illinois resident that will be able to commute to Chicago labs from your family home in the summer or if you will need to find summer housing in Chicago.
For more information contact Professor Micho Gravis, email@example.com.