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Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes & Nutrition Research Training

The application period for the 2014 SPORT Summer Program is CLOSED.


Application Information & 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.  The stipend amount from the 2013 SPORT Summer Program was just above $5,000.   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.  Tentative dates for the 2014 program are Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, August 1, 2014.

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 application is to be used by all students who are applying to the Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training (SPORT). Please submit the following items, combined in order into ONE PDF file if possible, to complete the application process:

  • Your Completed SPORT Program Application
  • Your Essay Responses (if completed separate from the fillable application form)
  • 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 MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014. The target date for informing applicants regarding their acceptance into the program is Monday, March 17, 2014.

Materials should be submitted as described above, by email to:  

, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.N.S.
Program Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Phone: 410-706-5829 ; Fax: 410-706-5828

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

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.