Summer Research Institute

The ASCEND Summer Research Institute (SRI) will formally introduce students to health topics and disciplines pertinent to health research, with the goal of implementing critical thinking, principles of scientific investigation, and proposal writing.

The SRI is an eight-week program. We expect to enroll 30 students each year into the SRI. Students will participate in a series of innovative seminars and workshops that will provide them with:

  1. An overview of health and biomedical disciplines.
  2. Training in the scientific method and basic research methodology.
  3. Skills for developing a team-based research proposal.
  4. Field trips and visits to public health sites and clinics.
  5. Exposure to a variety of different health-related research projects and environments.

Activities will be designed to foster collaborative learning and engagement and peer-to-peer learning. Students will work in teams of five students (6 teams) and will be encouraged to adopt an "each one, teach one" attitude.

SRI participants will be provided a stipend, part of which will be used to cover on-campus summer housing.

The SRI runs from the end of May through the end of July.

The application is available here.

  • The early decision deadline is February 9, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).
  • The regular decision deadline is March 25, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).

Selection criteria:

  • Rising sophomores or juniors (and possibly some rising seniors) at MSU, or community college students with at least 20 credits.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must have a strong interest in biomedical or behavioral/social science research, and a strong interest in improving the health of their communities, or on a national level.
  • Community college students must be interested in majoring in one of the following disciplines at Morgan State University: life sciences (including biology, health education, nursing, nutritional sciences, etc.), physical sciences (including physics and chemistry, etc.), social/behavioral sciences (including psychology, sociology, etc.), mathematics/computer science, or engineering.
  • Must have the intention to attend graduate school in a biomedical or behavioral/social science discipline. Note, "biomedical sciences" include many disciplines you might not have considered, such as informatics, engineering, material sciences, food sciences, etc. For more information about biomedical sciences, please explore the National Institutes of Health website.
  • Must be interested in a career in health-related research.
  • Must be willing to participate in an eight-week summer residential (i.e., campus housing) program. 
  • If selected as an ASCEND Scholar, must be willing to commit to two years of mentoring, career development, and research training. Note: ASCEND Scholars will be notified of their acceptance during the final weeks of the SRI.
  • If selected as an ASCEND Scholar, you must:
    • Be willing to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week engaged in research/mentoring/skill-building activities.
    • Complete an Individual Development Plan to assist with academic/career planning.
    • Be willing to participate in an external summer research training experience during the junior/senior year summer.
    • Compete four two-credit-hour ASCEND program courses.

Students from all majors who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply. Students who are not selected as ASCEND Scholars may be able to become ASCEND Associates and are encouraged to participate in other ASCEND activities.

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