The Summer Fellowship Program, initiated in 1960, provides an opportunity for students of biology, physiology, molecular biology, chemistry, medicine and other life sciences to participate in research under staff guidance. The ten-week program is designed to educate, instill scientific curiosity and guide our youth in making their career decisions. The program is open to undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework in the life sciences will be given priority for the program. The selection is made by a committee consisting of the preceptors participating in the program and will be based on the application material, i.e. school transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Purpose and Description
The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) was established in 1958 as a basic medical research facility. Since its inception, it has gained international prominence for its achievements and contributions to science and medicine. MMRI’s current focus is in the areas of: Experimental Cardiology, Molecular Genetics and Stem Cell Research.
The Summer Fellowship Program generally includes 5 or 6 fellows. Initially, each fellow will be asked to observe the ongoing research projects and become familiar with the methodologies techniques and procedures in use. Students will then be assigned specific duties in order to become more integrally involved in the experimental work. When appropriate, usually during the second summer, the students may be encouraged to undertake an independent research project of his/her choosing. The preceptors and postdoctoral fellows working at the MMRI will serve as consultants and will provide close guidance and daily input for the fellows.
The online application for the 2022 program will open on November 1, 2021.
The training period will be ten weeks in duration from May 23, 2022 to July 23, 2022.
During the first week of the program, one or two daily seminars or lectures will be scheduled. Each presentation will be devoted to a report of research in progress or to a topic related to work in which the students are engaged. These sessions will be presented by the staff and will be geared to the level of understanding of the fellows. Attendance is mandatory, and questions are encouraged. Seminars may be followed by an open discussion about the program as a whole or a general discussion about career opportunities in the biosciences and how best to pursue a research or teaching career. A weekly journal club will be held and involve the discussion of a paper presented by one of the summer fellows who will chose and prepare the article under the advisement of his/her mentor.
The MMRI also hosts visiting scientists from throughout the world. Fellows are invited to attend these seminars and participate in the question and answers sessions that follow. In addition, fellows may be offered the opportunity to attend seminars at surrounding educational institutions conferences, and symposia.
Each fellow’s progress will be continuously monitored by his/her immediate preceptor through daily interaction, and by the Fellowship Program Director as well as other preceptors through the student’s participation and feedback at the weekly journal club. Each fellow will also be required to make an oral presentation at the end of the program to the other students, staff and their respective sponsors.
After completion of the program, students will have gained a sense of how research studies are carried out in a range of fields that deal with current concerns in medical science. They will have at their disposal knowledge and experience in physiological, biochemical and pharmacological methodologies and gain the experience, skills, and leadership needed to succeed in state of the art research.