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Program Dates: May 19 – July 25, 2014

The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology. Participants selected for this program will work with MIDAS Investigators, experienced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting exciting interdisciplinary research projects in this dynamic field. This intensive research-based experience will prepare applicants interested in working at the interface of mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, epidemiology, public health and biological sciences for the rigors of scientific research and graduate education.

There are numerous research investigators, topic areas and projects ongoing within the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence. 

Matching participants with experienced MIDAS Investigators is an essential component of the Summer Research Program. The research interests, skill-sets and career goals of each participant selected for the program will be carefully reviewed and matched to a MIDAS Investigator to create a productive and stimulating environment for each participant in the MIDAS Summer Research Program.

Eligibility

The program is open to all undergraduates with an interest in the computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Applications are accepted from undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and are currently enrolled in a four year college or university. Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Financial Package

  • Successful applicants will be awarded a $4500 research stipend for the ten week program.
  • Housing and travel provided as needed.

Application Requirements

Applications will be judged on the merits and completeness of the application. Only online applications will be accepted. Application materials should include the following:

  • Online application (available now). All fields with * are required. Do not submit incomplete forms.
  • An official academic transcript (including Fall 2013 grades) must be sent to the contact address listed below.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation – Requests for Individual Recommendations will be available via the online application. 
  • Personal Statement – The personal statement will be available for download via the online application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the deadline of February 24, 2014.

Program Components

  1. Research Experience:

    Applicants selected for the MIDAS Summer Research Program are matched with MIDAS Investigators who are engaged in research projects that closely match the applicants’ research interests, skill-set and career goals. The program offers participants an opportunity to work closely with research faculty and their research teams.

  2. Mentorship Experience

    Applicants selected for the MIDAS Summer Research Program are matched with MIDAS Investigators who serve as advisors and mentors and assist in the development, implementation and completion of a research action plan.

  3. Career Development

    Applicants selected for the MIDAS Summer Research Program will participate in scheduled career development sessions designed to explore areas critical to academic career success. This includes seminars on topics including the graduate school admissions process, graduate fellowships, mentorship, research ethics, and academic career planning, among others.

Expectations of Program Participants

  • Required to attend and participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Committed to work full-time (40 hours per week) in their assigned research groups for the full term where research duties will be assigned by their research mentor.
  • With the assistance of their research mentor, develop a research action plan for the Summer Research Program within the first two weeks of the program. 
  • Expected to meet at least once a week with their research mentor to review their research progress. 
  • Expected to meet with the MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator during scheduled meetings to discuss the progress of the research project and to receive information regarding other MIDAS-related outreach activities.
  • Required to present their research findings in the form of a power point presentation during the close of the Summer Research Program.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.

Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the address below:

Phillip Palmer, PhD
MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator
Suite M-252A, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-6957
Fax: (412) 624-3858
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Official transcripts may also be accepted in person and must be received by the close of business on February 24, 2014.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of acceptance will be distributed to selected applicants beginning Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Selected applicants will receive an email offer called an “e-offer”. The e-offer will be sent to the applicant’s email address that was provided in the online application. The e-offer will contain information regarding the Investigator match and summer project title. Selected applicants have 5 days to accept the offer at which time the offer will expire. A subsequent hard copy offer will be mailed to the applicant as well.

 

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