SUPER Program for 2017 - May 30, 2017 to August 4, 2017
- The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine offers “SUPER”, a SummerUndergraduatePhysician-scientist-training Education & Research program, to undergraduate students, who are planning to pursue a career as a physician scientist. Students interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research, be exposed to clinical care and the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research program is a 10 week program that begins May 30, 2017 and concludes August 4, 2017. (Because of university housing availability, program dates are not flexible).
- Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their sophomore, or junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of two full semesters of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents, who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
- Up to six awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty in the biomedical sciences, shadow physicians in a clinical setting, and attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine. All students will be required to participate full-time (40 hours per week) in their research.
- Students will be required to make a poster presentation at Mid-SURE (Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences) sponsored by Michigan State University and to their fellow SUPER participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program.
- Students who successfully complete the SUPER program will be strongly encouraged to apply to the MSUCOM DO-PhD Program and will receive early review. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 31, 2017. Decisions will be made by April 14, 2017.
- Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience. Accommodations in University Housing will be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing, East Lansing area. In order to participate in the clinical portion of the program (shadowing in physicians’ clinics) students are required to have their own vehicle for transportation off campus.
- Selection of students is based on the completed application that asks for a description of academic interests, career goals, and research experiences. Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with research faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation (one from faculty and one from an advisor) and an unofficial transcript from the student's undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.
- Two letters of recommendation are required regarding your qualifications for SUPER and attest to your motivation and ability to carry out research. These can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email application form, unoffocial transcripts, and a CV/Resume to email@example.com Justin McCormick, PhD, University Distinguished Professor, Director, D.O. Ph.D. Program, & Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Osteopathic Medicine –1129 Farm Lane, Room 341, Food Safety & Toxicology Bldg., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1302 by March 31.
2016 SUPER STUDENTS
Basma Al Masraf is a student at MSU and will be a senior in the fall. She is pursuing a BS in Neuroscience with additional majors in Human Biology, Microbiology, and Genomics and Molecular Genetics. She began her research experience at MSU in organic chemistry and biochemistry in 2012, when she was a Junior in high school. Since 2015 she has been conducting research in the lab of A.J. Robison focusing on uncovering the link between hippocampal deltaFosB and the behavioral effects of depression in stress-induced male and female mice models. She is an author on a paper in Neuroscience (Eagle et al., 2015) that includes results from her research. For the SUPER Program, Basma is working with MSU professor Ed Walker, Dept of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. This research focuses on infectious diseases, particularly, Lyme disease, eastern equine encephalomyelitis, West Nile viral encephalitis, and human malaria. Basma, an MSU Medical Scholar, plans to attend medical school. She is originally from Iraq. When she was in 8th grade, Basma was sent with her family, to America to escape the turmoil in Iraq, which was facilitated because of her mother's scholarship that allowed her to complete PhD work in Electrical Engineering in the US.
Mina Ibrahim is from West Bloomfield Michigan and will be a Senior at Wayne State University in fall 2016 majoring Biological Science. She has research experience working in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Ghassan M. Saed. His research focuses on investigating the role of oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of gynecologic fibrotic disorders—comparing the effects of oxidative stress on the pathogenesis of a malignant overgrowth as compared to benign overgrowths, such as postoperative adhesions, fibroids, and endometriosis. This summer in the SUPER Program, Mina is working with MSU professor Karen Liby, Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology. Research in Dr. Liby’s lab focuses on inflammation, cancer, and drug development. Mina will apply to medical school this year and would like a career as a physician scientist. Mina has tackled many obstacles growing up. She is from Iraq and because of turmoil there had to escape traveling to Jordan, Malaysia, Turkey, and finally to the US. These experiences have made her a person that understands and appreciates different cultures and traditions; as well as speaking five different languages.
Christian Negron, born in Puerto Rico, is from Ohio. He attends Cleveland State University and will be a Senior Fall 2016 and is majoring in Biology. Christian is very interested in epidemiology, especially clinical trials involving biomedical statistics, using statistical models to make use of inferential statistics to improve health issues such as myocardial infarction. For the past year he has worked with Dr. Yuping Wu and Dr. Anne O’Connor at Cleveland State University modeling the prediction of heart failure risk through Cox modeling, and investigating the association between Triclosan in antibacterial products and Bisphenol A. Christian is working with MSU Professor Matt Reeves, Department of Epidemiology in the SUPER Program this summer. Dr. Reeves’ research focuses on mortality and morbidity in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic pulmonary diseases. After graduating, Christian plans to apply to dual degree medical programs. Christian’s other interests include music, and he plays the saxophone and clarinet.
Kaylee Newcomb is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and will be a senior this fall at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and an Italian minor. At Virginia Commonwealth University Kaylee first became interested in research in SEA-PHAGES Phage Discovery Lab in which she characterized a unique bacteriophage, subsequently using bioinformatics to analyze phage genomes. Kaylee's primary research has been in peptide synthesis where she synthesized a library of dibromomethyl linkers and cyclized them to a peptide to increase the affinity to the BRCA1 protein. In the SUPER Program, Kaylee is working with Professor and Chair of Microbiology & Molecule Genetics, Dr. Victor DiRita, who focuses on pathogenicity mechanisms in Vibrio cholerae and Campylobacter jejuni. Kaylee is working with the lab to develop genetic tools for Enterobacter cloacae to characterize genes involved in virulence and colonization. Kaylee has plans to apply to dual degree medical programs after graduation.
Rachel Rolinski, who is from Chicago, is an MSU student majoring in Neuroscience. She was given a Professorial Assistantship through the Honors College. Students whose academic records place them in the top 1 percent of entering college freshmen nationwide are offered these. Her most recent research has been at the MSU Center for Orthopedic Research working under the direction of Dr. Jacek Cholewicki. She has been examining the effects of osteopathic manual medicine on improving motor movements in patients with low back or neck pain. Rachel, who is minoring in Spanish, was awarded a Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship, and traveled to Valencia, Spain to improve her speaking skills and was able to participate in shadowing in a pediatric clinic. In the Super Program, Rachel is working in the lab of professor Colleen Hegg, Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology, whose research focuses on neurogenesis. Rachel plans to apply to medical school and dual degree programs after graduation.
Martin Weaver is a senior, biology major at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) from Hemlock, Michigan. He is considering pursuing a dual medical degree program. At SVSU, Martin works with Dr. Dennis Gray in an evolutionary biochemistry lab exploring the evolution of terpene synthases by converting a linalool synthase into a methylbutenol synthase by enzyme active site reduction using site directed mutagenesis. His research at SVSU has been funded by his grant proposal to SVSU's Undergraduate Research Program. Martin is most interested in the musculoskeletal system and it's dysfunction. He is working with Dr. John Popovich in the SUPER Program this summer at the MSU Center for Orthopedic Research. Dr. Popovich has involved Martin in a pilot study investigating motor control in individuals with and without anterior cruciate ligament (ACL – knee) reconstruction. Dr. Popovich has specifically assigned Martin to develop a protocol to examine neuromuscular control of the hip. Martin’s future goal is to attend medical school and eventually specialize in orthopaedics. In his free time, Martin is interested in hiking, fishing and hunting.
Tyler Wenger is from Nashville, TN and is a senior majoring in Neuroscience at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA where he received a full 4 year scholarship-- Robert E. Lee /Cohen Scholarship. For nearly two years Tyler has been working in the lab of Dr. Helen l’Anson at Washington & Lee University to create a rat model for snacking behaviors in adolescents and is the group leader for brain sectioning and immunocytochemistry responsible for training new members of the research group. In the SUPER Program, Tyler is working in the lab of professor Julia Busik, whose research focuses on Diabetic retinopathy. Tyler plans to apply to medical school and has a long range goal to become a neurosurgeon, and physician scientist focusing on treatment options for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Tyler is a Tenor in the Washington & Lee Chamber singers honors choir and in the a cappella group "General Admission. He recently went to Ireland to perform with the choir. Tyler has also been vocalist, and guitarist for over 9 years.