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Summer Research

Student Research Fellowship Program

Every summer, students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty members to pursue their research interests. The goal is to expose students to hands-on research, create new knowledge and advance biomedical sciences.

Student Research Fellowship Application – Instructions

Purpose: The student research fellowship awards successful applicants $3,500, to promote student research. A maximum of two students can work jointly on a single application, in which case the money is split between the applicants.

Eligibility: Students from all WesternU colleges that are pursuing a professional clinical degree and will enroll for the 2024-2025 academic year are eligible to apply. Previous award recipients are not eligible. Work should be initiated in the summer of 2024 or, if college curriculum does not allow, in the fall semester. Work can be completed as early as August 2024 and needs to be completed by June 2026.

Submission: A PDF file of the application will have to be uploaded at https://webapp.westernu.edu/student-research/. The deadline for electronic submission is 12.00pm on Monday February 13, 2024.

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WesternU Summer Research Program

The Office of Research & Biotechnology partners with WesternU Colleges to allow students from all disciplines to participate in an annual Summer Research Program. Students learn valuable research techniques and gain experience in Bench Research, Translational Research, Clinical Research, or Behavioral and Social Science Research. No prior research experience is necessary to apply, and students learn there is no limit to what they might learn and accomplish.
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This is your opportunity to conduct research working one-on-one, side-by-side with nationally-known, distinguished faculty. Meet our Faculty Research Experts.

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Annual WesternU Research Symposium

The annual Student Technology and Research Symposium (WURS) is the culmination of a year’s worth of professional education and a summer of research under the direction of a faculty researcher. Research topics can span all health care disciplines. Research is part of teaching our health care professionals how to find the facts that lead to wise health care decisions. Nothing can replace the experience of first-hand knowledge of the experimentation, study, literature searching, and review of the methods used to create scientific conclusions, and then presenting their findings in a clear and concise manner. Students are given five minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions.

Student researchers are required to submit an abstract, but they can choose whether they would like to present their research project at the WURS Symposium or at another research forum/conference.

Prior Year Awards*
The top oral presentations will be awarded as follows:

One 1st place award – $500 and a certificate of award
Two 2nd place awards – $300 and a certificate of award
Three 3rd place awards – $150 and a certificate of award

2024 WURS Abstract Template