Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)

Program begins on May 29, 2018

Application Deadline: February 9, 2018

Application submission is closed for Summer 2018

Uma Sundaram, MD with staff, mentors, and 2017 SRIMS students

 Program Summary

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) Graduate Program is offering the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) for its tenth year!

The SRIMS program includes nine weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.


The vision behind Marshall’s commitment to this program is twofold:

  1. To establish a pipeline of diverse, underrepresented students into health-related research.
  2. To enrich the current research through an added diversity of ideas, perspectives, and cultures.

General Guidelines and Eligibility

Each year, applications from undergraduate and underrepresented minority-in-science students who have not graduated by August of the program year are considered. Also, students are required to present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium the last week of the program and should note this as they commit to the program. A stipend of $3,000 will be provided to each participant for the nine-week experience. Participants will receive free room and board, as well as assistance with travel. Please note that students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage during the summer program.

Research Placements – Mentor Directory 2018

Faculty mentors will provide projects that will introduce students to contemporary research
in fields of biomedical science, including: cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, neuroscience, toxicology, reproductive biology, infectious disease, genetic research, diabetes, obesity research, and nanotechnology. New this year: bioinformatics focus!

On the application, you will be asked to review the mentor directory, list your top three mentor choices in order of preference (#1 being your top choice) and why their topics are of interest to you. Your choices will serve as a guide for a mentor to be assigned. The directory of mentors and their research projects can be accessed in the Mentor Directory 2018.

Application Checklist

To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:

  • Completed online application form (no fee) – If you are unable to complete your application at one time, your content will be saved. A code to return to your saved application will be sent to the email address that you provide on the application. Note that digital signatures are accepted for applicants who choose to email their applications.
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended – Unofficial copies may be uploaded to the online application or scanned and emailed to the address below. Please note: you may be required to provide official copies at a later date.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors of scientific disciplines. Please have them use the form and directions included in the online application. They may scan their form and email (from their institution’s email account) them as attachments to the program at You may have additional forms/letters submitted, if you wish.
  • Written statement addressing interest/experience in research, career goals, and why you would like to participate in this program (generally 350-700 words). Upload to the online application.
  • A résumé should be uploaded to the online application.

Application Deadline

The application and supporting documents are due in the office on or before February 9th, 2018.

Kelly Carothers
Minority Research Internship
MU JCESOM Graduate Program
BBSC 301
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195

Questions? Please email or call (304)-696-7279.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Identification within an underrepresented ethnic minority group in the biomedical sciences (e.g., African American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic American, American Indian/Native American and Native of the U.S. Pacific Islands)
  • US Citizenship or valid green card required due to funding sources
  • Academic record, particularly in science–related courses
  • Laboratory experience
  • Career goals and stated interest in research, including why you would like to participate in the program

As a condition of acceptance into the program, program participants will be asked after their departure to update information on their educational and career activities. This tracking is done solely to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. It is critical that we be able to conduct this long-term evaluation in order to maintain continuing funding for the programs. The information collected remains strictly confidential. 


Travel: The program will provide air fair or mileage depending upon the applicant’s location, access to transportation, and cost. If you are selected for the program, the Program Coordinator will provide additional information.

If you are coming by air, the program will arrange your flights and provide you with an e-ticket.

The on-campus dorms that are used for the program change each year in accordance with the MU Housing Department selection.  We will not know which dorms will be used until about a month prior to the program and will not have a room assignment until a couple of days prior to your arrival.

Meals are provided with your housing.

Our funding requires that eligible students be US Citizens or permanent residents (Green card holders). Unfortunately, we are not able to accept international students.

You will receive half of your stipend payment during the first week of the program, and the 2nd half during the last week.

Acceptance decisions are made after a thorough review of applications. Notifications are sent in batches typically between the first part of March until about mid-April.

Once we have received acceptances for the full cohort of interns, you will be notified of mentor selection.

You will be provided a lab coat.

Interns are in double rooms; expect to have a roommate.

Since SRIMS interns come from all over the US, often s/he will not have a car. We provide transportation to all the officially scheduled events and often can work something out for other times too. There is also a local bus system and Lyft and Uber have recently come to Huntington.

Interns will have an opportunity to present their research orally during the final week of the program. All interns will also have a poster presentation at the WV Symposium on the final day of the program.

There will be opportunities to meet with the Medical School admissions staff and interact with medical students and diversity-related programs during the internship.

All program activities, including social outings, are an opportunity to network and learn.  Participants are expected to attend all scheduled events.