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Program Details

If you have any questions, please submit your question through the Ask PRISM form.  The Program Director or Coordinator will respond to your question.

Please note that certain aspects of the summer 2021 program may be adjusted or modified as circumstances develop related to COVID-19.  The program will announce those changes as soon as determinations for changes are made.

Eligibility

Institution and Year of Study

University of Maryland School of Medicine medical students currently in their first year of studies.

Fulfill Program Requirements

Able to fulfill key program requirements.

  • 9 weeks during summer 2021 committed to the program research project and enrichment programming
  • Attend and fully participate the 3 major summer events 
  • Attend 80% of the scheduled sessions in the seminar series
  • Submit a final report for the program research project after the end of the program

Research Mentor

Main research mentor must be a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Location of Project

For in-person research at research and clincal facilities, majority of the program research project must be executed and completed on UMB campus.  Approved remote-only projects working in association with UMB campus research and clinical facilities are also eligible.  

If under COVID-19 circumstance developoments, campus, labs, and or clinical access is further restricted during the summer, all research projects may be restricted to remote-only. 

 

If you have any specific questions about eligibility or about your specific circumstances, please submit your question through the Ask PRISM form.

Research Mentor

Applicants will identify a research mentor and work with the mentor to develop a research project prior to applying. Any faculty member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) who holds at minimum an Assistant Professorship position and has suitable research support to mentor a medical student can be a PRISM research mentor. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of Student Research prior to and during the choice of a mentor. A listing of many faculty members and their research at the School of Medicine is available online via the UM SOM departmental websites and the Faculty Profiles website. Please also refer to the listing of faculty provided through the FRCT course and OSR that includes UMB faculty available to mentor students.

Research Project

Hypothesis-driven project in basic, translational, and clinical research in biomedical or health topics.

Project Location

University of Maryland Baltimore campus or remote/virtual.

For in-person research at research and clincal facilities, research that takes place primarily away from the campus at other institution or research facilities is not eligible.  Approved remote-only projects working in association with UMB campus research and clinical facilities are also eligible.

If under COVID-19 circumstance developoments, campus, labs, and or clinical access is further restricted during the summer, research may be restricted to remote-only.

Time and Duration

Summer Research - 9 weeks of full time commitment in summer 2021

At least 40 hours per week in the summer after the end of spring semester and before the start of fall semester.

Students are expected to spend at least 85% of their committted time to conducting the approved research projecct and to participating in research education and development activities.  See Program Activities for information on Research Education and Development activities.


Standard 9-week research period for summer 2021 begins on June 1 and ends on July 30, 2021. If permitted by research mentor, student may take days off and make up missed days after the spring semester and prior to the fall semester, provided that attendance requirements for summer programming are satisfied.  Some students may need to begin one or two week earlier or end later to make up for missed time due to other commitments.

Enrichment Programming - June 1 to July 30, 2021

See Program Activities for specific dates of required major events, general seminar schedule, and other information regarding enrichment programming events and activities.

Selection

Considerations will be made based on the quality of the proposed research, the strength of the research mentor, the strength of the applicant, and the quality and potential impact of the experience for the applicant.

Stipend

Varying stipend levels based on merit, funding availability, and number of positions, approximate range of $2,000 to $4,500.

Mentor contributions are encouraged and do not exclude the student's participation. Supplement stipend funding from external fellowships or scholarship awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis. PRISM program funding will be adjusted based on all other stipend funding received by the applicant. Total stipends for the applicant cannot exceed the amount designated by the program.

See Mentor Contribution toward Stipends section and External Stipend Award section for details and examples.

Number of Positions

Traditionally approximately 30 to 40 positions based on available funding.

Mentor Contribution Toward Stipend

In addition to mentoring students, faculty mentors are welcome to provide mentor contribution toward their student's stipend. The program greatly appreciates the generosity of faculty mentors who are able to provide funding for a portion of their student's PRISM stipend. Mentor contributions allow the program to extend the reach of its limited funding to a greater number of students. If a research mentor is willing to contribute toward the student's stipend, he or she would indicate the committed amount on the Mentor Declaration Form during application and provide the administrative contact to transfer mentor contribution funds to OSR to be distributed to the student. Student will receive stipend checks for the total stipend amount, including mentor contribution, from OSR.

Mentor contribution will not affect the total stipend amount the student will receive. The student's PRISM funding will be decreased by the amount of mentor contribution. The following is an example of how PRISM funding will be adjusted by mentor contribution.

  • An applicant is awarded PRISM stipend level of $2,500 based on the merit of the full application. The faculty mentor has agreed through the Mentor Declaration Form to contribute $1,000 toward the student's stipend. PRISM funding toward total stipends will be decreased by the $1,000 mentor contribution while the total stipend level remains at $2,500.

PRISM funding will be similarly adjusted by any external fellowships and scholarship awards. See External Stipend Awards section.

Concurrent Fellowship

Many PRISM applicants will have applied to other fellowship and scholarship funding opportunities in addition to PRISM application. Students are strongly encouraged to accept the national fellowship and scholarship if awarded.

PRISM applicants must disclose to the program all stipend funding the applicant is awarded and those for which the applicant has applied and that are still pending. Concurrent acceptance of other funding award and PRISM award stipend will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some fellowship and scholarships will not permit concurrent acceptance of another funding award.

Otherl funding will not affect the total stipend amount the student will receive. The student's PRISM funding will be decreased by the amount of the external funding. The following is an example of how PRISM funding will be adjusted by external funding

  • An applicant is awarded PRISM stipend level of $2,500 based on the merit of the full application. The student also received an external fellowship award of $1,000. PRISM funding toward total stipends will be decreased by the $1,000 fellowship award while the total stipend level remains at $2,500.

Final PRISM funding will be adjusted in light of any mentor contribution and any external stipend funding in order that the total stipends for the applicant does not exceed the amount designated by the program. See also Mentor Contribution Toward Stipends.


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