Summer Scholars Program Overview

SRF Education undergraduate programs primarily are designed to address two pressing needs in STEM education: the availability of novel, inquiry-based research opportunities and scientific communication skills.

Whether a student plans to pursue postgraduate studies or apply for a research position at a pharmaceutical company, practical experience is key. However, research opportunities are limited at some colleges, and specific fields of research, such as tissue engineering, may be completely absent. As noted in the project description page, the SRF Summer Scholars Program seeks to offer a variety of research options ranging from basic science to pre-clinical translation.

However, the Summer Scholars Program sets itself apart from many other internship program with its focus on the development of scientific communication skills in addition to enhancing laboratory and critical thinking skills. Throughout the summer, students participating in the program are guided through practical writing assignments that simulate documents scientists are often asked to produce, such as grant proposals. The communication training culminates in a student symposium at the end of the summer, where Summer Scholars present the results of their work.

 

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Plan and execute an independent research project.
  2. Learn new technical skills.
  3. Learn how to explain scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience.
  4. Learn how to write a simple grant proposal.
  5. Present results at a student symposium.