de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellowships
de Kiewiet Fellows work for ten weeks during June, July, and August in the labs of their research mentor and receive a stipend of $4,000. In addition, fellows will need to create and present a poster of their research findings at the UPBM Poster Session in October of their fellowship year.
See a list of past de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellows.
Summer projects must be rooted in the biological sciences and non-clinical in nature. Although some scientific arguments may be inspired through clinical studies, we expect that the proposed research will yield data from experimentation that involves laboratory and/or computational methods for further analysis.
All officially declared UPBM majors in their junior year are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
To apply, interested applicants must:
- Find a research mentor
- Email a "Letter of Intent to Apply" to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the first week in March
- Address this email to the UPBM Committee to make them aware a mentor has been found and that a proposal, both summaries, and two letters of support are being prepared
- Include faculty research mentor’s name and department, and brief description of the project (one to three sentences)
- Copy in your research mentor and UPBM major advisor on the email
- Upload a Formal Scientific Research Proposal, Relevant Professional Experience Summary, and Research Career Goals Summary to Blackboard by the first Monday back after spring break
- Have Letters of Support and Statement of Authorship emailed to email@example.com by the first Monday back after spring break
- Ask and remind research mentor to write and email a letter of support and statement of authorship
- Ask and remind another person to write and submit a letter of support on your behalf (preferably by a faculty member within a scientific field)
The Statement of Authorship is written by the research mentor. This is a brief explanation that indicates how the mentor’s contributions to the proposal. It is the student’s responsibility to write the proposal under the supervision of their research mentor. Although a small level of contribution from the research mentor is expected, the candidate should author the majority of the proposal.
This fellowship is competitive, as the number of positions is limited. All application materials and academic records will be reviewed and ranked by the UPBM Committee. Decisions should be communicated to the applicants by mid-April.
Students will need to find a faculty mentor who conducts research in their area of interest and who will agree to supervise a summer project. Additionally, research mentors must be affiliated with biological science labs located on the River Campus or at the Medical Center, and must be a teaching faculty member.
Whether a student has already been working with a faculty member or a search needs to be conducted, it should be planned months in advance. Please note that faculty members are not obligated to comply. See the finding a research mentor page for tips on finding a mentor.
Formal Research Proposal, Summaries, Statement of Authorship
All work must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and in 11-point font.
The body of the proposal should be no more than six pages and must include the following sections:
Background and Significance (limit to two pages)
- Sketch the background to the proposal
- Evaluate existing knowledge related to the proposal
- Report any pertinent data obtained by other people in the lab on which you will be basing your proposal
- Identify the question(s) the project intends to answer
- Discuss the significance of the proposed work
Preliminary Studies Conducted by Applicant
- Most students will not have data; however, please give any preliminary data already obtained related to the proposal
Experimental Design (limit to two pages)
- Outline the experimental approach used in the study and the rationale for the approach. Do not include experimental detail (i.e., buffer concentrations)
- List any new techniques learned in order to conduct the study
Literature Citations (limit to one page)
- List all citations in alphabetical order at the end of the proposal
Relevant Professional Experience
In one to two pages, briefly summarize any research experience or other relevant training (e.g., summer program, laboratory job, laboratory assistantship, independent research, etc.).
Research and Career Goals
In one page, explain the importance of the proposed research to your educational experience as well as your future goals.