10 week Undergraduate Summer Program for Freshman and Sophmores interested in MD/PHD programs->$4300 stipend- Deadline 2/1/2008

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I would once again like to bring your attention to the Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, sponsored by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in New York City. This ten week program allows freshman and sophomore (class of 2010 or 2011) underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged students to experience life as a MD-PhD student. The federal NIH definition (which we adhere to) of underrepresented minority (in the sciences) and/or disadvantaged is available on-line:
http://grants.nih.gov/training/faq_diversity.htm#a3
The Gateways students experience an exciting summer as they conduct independent research projects in a lab at one of our three institutions, while participating in a number of clinical activities including scrubbing into surgeries. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience, first hand, life as a physician-scientist.

At the end of the summer, the Gateways students give oral, written and poster presentations of their research. Last year, we were able to raise funds to pay for travel and lodging expenses so that each Gateways student could have at least one family member come, as our guest, to New York City in order to attend the final presentations.

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program awards a stipend of $4300 and reimburses the students for their travel expenses. On campus housing is available.

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program started in 1993 as the first summer program to be run by a MD-PhD Program. A number of our alumni are now students at some of the top MD-PhD Programs across the country, including our own Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. The NIH expressed an interest in using the Gateways Program as a model for other institutions. Recently, our program was featured on the NIH web page as a model program with a notable record of recruitment and retention strategies.

The on-line application will be available at:
http://www.med.cornell.edu/mdphd/summerprogram/application.html

The application deadline is February 1, 2008 (as is the deadline for most summer programs). Early completed applications are strongly encouraged.

Please inform your students of this wonderful opportunity. This program is ideal for those students contemplating the combined MD-PhD degree.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

****Please note, this year, the Gateways to the Laboratory Program is open to underrepresented minority students AND/OR disadvantaged students. We use the federal NIH definition of underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged:

http://grants.nih.gov/training/faq_diversity.htm#a3

Ruth Gotian, M.S.
Administrative Director

Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering
Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program
1300 York Avenue, Suite C-103
New York, NY 10065-4805

phone: 212-746-6023 or toll free: 1-888-U2-MD-PHD
fax: 212-746-8678
www.med.cornell.edu/mdphd

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