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Application Information and Instructions

The Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training (SPORT) is a 10 week research internship for medical students only. The Program offers an intensive summer research experience and mentorship to successful applicants, as well as a stipend.   Housing and transportation are not included in the program. If necessary, on-campus parking can be arranged for the summer at a discounted daily student rate. 

The purpose of the SPORT program is to inspire passion toward research in diabetes, obesity and nutrition by providing a mentored summer research experience for medical students as well as ongoing career, academic, research and clinical mentoring throughout medical school, with the ultimate goal of preparing participants for placement in competitive residency training programs leading to careers as independent physician scientists. Under the mentorship of one of the SPORT Program faculty, students will select an interesting research question in an obesity/nutrition-related area, and will work in the laboratory and/or clinical research setting to learn and perform state-of-the-art research to answer that question. Selection of three potential mentors is required at the time of application; final acceptance into the program is contingent upon successfully matching with a participating mentor.

Students will be required to present a summary of their work in a peer group setting and will receive a Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of the internship. In addition to intensive hands-on research experience, students will attend research conferences and seminars as well as weekly core lectures presented by faculty designed specifically for this program. The lectures will cover broad topics in diabetes, nutrition and obesity, and related chronic diseases. Program participants will also have the opportunity to shadow clinical faculty in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic setting (University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Endocrine Clinic, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, etc.).

The period of summer programming for summer 2016 is May 31 through August 5, 2016.  SPORT students are required to commit to 10 weeks of full time research.  The exact dates of their research can be arranged with their mentor as long as they fulfill the 10-week requirement and participate in the summer programming. 

Major Summer Events 

Below are the dates for 3 major summer events of the SPORT Program.  Attendance is required for SPORT participants.   

  1. Orientation – Tuesday, May 31 (full day) and Wednesday, June1 (half day, morning). 
    • Ethics Panel – morning of Wednesday, June 1.   
    • Responses to Ethics Reflections questions – due by Wednesday, June 8
  2. Mid-Summer Research Retreat – Thursday, June 30 
  3. Student Research Forum – Friday, July 29 
    • Forum Registration – due by Thursday, June 30 (including format choice of oral or poster) 
    • Forum Abstracts – due by Friday, July 15 

Other Activities 

  • Presentation Workshop - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 

We are accepting  ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY until the deadline of 11:59 pm on Monday, January 11, 2016.  The Online Application will allow you to include:

  • Your Completed SPORT Program Application
  • Your Essay Responses
  • A Resume/CV outlining your past education and research or other training
  • A Photo of Yourself (small file size please)
  • A Letter of Good Standing from your Medical School

The application consists of four Stages including: Personal Information (Stage I), Academic Information (Stage II), Recommendations (Stage III), and Short Essays (Stage IV). APPLICATION DEADLINE is 11:59 pm on Monday, January 11, 2016.. The anticipated acceptance notification date for applicants is Monday, March 7, 2016.

Application Information and Instructions

 Please note that the two individuals that you identify as your references/recommenders will be contacted by the program AFTER you have submitted your application; their recommendations do not have to be submitted by the January deadline.  However, please do contact them before submitting your application, for permission to include their names and contact information in your submitted application and to let them know to expect to be contacted by the SPORT program for a recommendation on your behalf.


 If you have any questions about the Program or application process, please contact Ms. Sturgess.


Sara M. Sturgess, MS, RD, LDN
Program Manager, Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition
University of Maryland School of Medicine
660 West Redwood Street HH 478
Baltimore, MD 21201

Email (preferred): 

Phone: 410-706-5829 ; Fax: 410-706-5828

Thank you for your interest in the SPORT Program and good luck with your application.

The SPORT program is supported by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and NIH Grant T35DK095737.