Summer Research Program Fact Sheet


Students interested in participating in the Summer Research Program must apply online between January 12-February 16, 2017. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid March.

The Pritzker Steering Committee funds feasible student research projects in which the students test a well-defined and scientifically rigorous hypothesis. Research proposals may be rejected or require substantial revision prior to acceptance. Students should access the Summer Research Project Guide to look for interested faculty mentors.

Research Credit

Accepted students must sign up for a research elective during Spring quarter for a minimum of 50 units.

Stipends & Funding

Depending on funds available, funding source, and time students allocate, stipends range from $4,000 to $5,500. Students whose research projects qualify for NIH funding will receive the maximum funding. Payments are made in two increments over the eleven week summer period. Prior to receiving the first stipend check (mid-July), students must submit their research references, hypothesis and introduction on the SRP website, and receive mentor validation. The final stipend payment is distributed at the end of the program after the student’s work is submitted and validated by mentor on the SRP website.

In order to receive their stipend check, students must meet the following benchmarks:

  • Stipend 1 (July 3, 2017) - References, Hypothesis, and Introduction must be uploaded and validated on SRP website
  • Stipend 2 (August 25, 2017) - All information (final research report) must be uploaded and validated on the SRP website

The Summer Research Program has four funding sources: the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Minority Summer Research Grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Pritzker School of Medicine. All research mentors are required to contribute $400 in non-federal funds.

Program Requirements

Students participating in the Summer Research Program are required to participate in the following components of the Program:

  1. Attend weekly Cluster Group sessions. More than two unexcused absences will be viewed as relinquishing participation in the Program
  2. Attend Summer Research Seminars:
    • Seminar One: Introduction to Research
    • Seminar Two: Preparing Your Written Report
    • Seminar Three: Preparing Your SRP Presentation
  3. Submit a Final Report paper detailing their research procedures and evaluation
  4. Present a seven minute oral presentation at the Summer Research Forum
  5. Attend Summer Research Program Award Ceremony

Please see the Program Calendar for deadlines.