PLME Summer Research Assistantship in Social/Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Medicine, or Biomedical Sciences

Summer Research Assistantships (SRAs) are made available to students in Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) annually on a competitive basis. PLME students who are awarded an assistantship will receive a $3,750 stipend to carry out a research project on campus or at a Brown-affiliated hospital under the supervision and mentorship of a Brown faculty member. 

The student must dedicate 40 hours per week for 10 weeks between June to August. Other employment is not usually authorized during the defined work-week tenure of the assistantship. If the student plans to take a course over the summer or has other commitments that will run concurrently with the SRA, the mentor must be aware of this situation and give their consent. 

Though academic credit cannot be obtained for research done during an assistantship, it is permissible to use the research as an element of a thesis to be presented toward a degree, and to obtain academic credit if the student decides to develop and continue the project as independent research during the academic year. 

PLME students with an interest in infectious diseases are encouraged to explore the SRA-EIDS in partnership with the Emerging Infectious Diseases Scholars Program (EIDS). Visit the SRA-EIDS webpage for more information.

Please note:

  • Only current sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be eligible to apply for the 2021 SRA, as freshmen will be enrolled in courses during the summer. Ideally, projects could be moved remotely if in-person work were not possible in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The faculty mentor must be a faculty member in the Division of Biology and Medicine, School of Public Health, or on clinical faculty to mentor a student for the PLME SRA.
  • A faculty mentor may sponsor only one SRA application per year (i.e., may submit a letter of support on behalf of one student only).
  • Each lab will be limited to ONE student application. 
  • A student may only submit one SRA proposal per year. Students may not apply for both the SRA and Summer Research Assistantship- Emergng Infectious Disease Scholars (SRA-EIDS) in the same year.
  • A student who is awarded a SRA and receives another fellowship from the University (i.e., UTRA) or from another source will be asked to choose one source of funding. PLME students should discuss all funding opportunities with their advising dean.

To Apply:

First, please review the 2021 SRA Program Overview and Application Instructions. Then you can secure a research opportunity in the following ways:

  • Identifying an area of research that is of interest to you, and finding a Brown faculty member conducting research in that field who would be willing to serve as your faculty mentor
  • Identifying a Brown faculty member who would be willing to sponsor your own research project
  • Reviewing the 2021 list of research opportunities to see if any projects are of interest to you. All the faculty mentors in the packet have indicated that they would be interested in mentoring a PLME student for a SRA from June to August 2021.

Finally, complete the 2021 SRA Application Form.

Please note the following criteria that the SRA review committee uses when reviewing applications:

·       Readability: use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience. Use your own words. Do not cut and paste from your mentor’s research abstract. Spell out all acronyms and abbreviations on first reference.

·       Practicality: make your project goals realistic. Do not propose more work than can be reasonably done within a 10 week period.

·       Quality of mentorship

·       Potential for scholarly output

The application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 12:00 pm EST. Incomplete applications will not be considered after this date and time.

For questions, contact:

David Barnes
PLME Coordinator
[email protected]

Judy Jang, MD
Program Director, PLME Summer Research Assistantships
Assistant Dean of Medicine - PLME Advising
[email protected]