Clinician Researcher Development Program (CRDP) for Undergraduate Students
"My involvement with the A.T. Still Research Institute has provided me with invaluable research experience that will surely be useful for future research endeavors...My work covered several different areas - allowing me to gain exposure to research protocols, scientific writing, terminology, and data analysis" - Yazan Alghalith, Biology Major, Pre-Med, Truman State University
Through active participation in clinical and/or biomedical research experiences, the CRDP provides mentorship to undergraduate students who aim to enter the healthcare field and to later actively engage in clinical and translational research as a regular aspect of their clinical practice.
The SRI supports a select group of broad yet critically-minded students to provide them with a research experience that will be meaningful in their development as a clinician researcher by teaching them to
- Formulate a scientific question
- Analyze data
- Write manuscripts
- Develop and present scientific posters
- Compete for research funding
The SRI offers the following programs
- Summer Research Experience: Two-month research experience beginning late May or early June and ending late July or early August. Application due November 15.
- Academic Year Research Experience: An intensive experience beginning in August and ending in May. Application due May 15.
- Stipend: When funding is available, students will receive a stipend for their participation in the program.
- Academic/Elective Credit: When available, the SRI will work with your University/College to fulfill academic program research/scholarship requirements.
- Research Hours: Students selected for a Summer Experience are expected to pursue their training full-time, approximately 40 hours/week. Students selected for the Academic Year Research Experience are expected to pursue training four to ten hours per week.
- Mentorship/Team Meetings: Students are expected to meet with their mentor and attend meetings as required by their SRI Scientist.
- Protecting Human Subject Research Participants and Financial Conflict of Interest: Students selected for participation in clinical research projects and/or projects involving human subjects must complete the NIH Office of Extramural Research web training programs Protecting Human Research Participants and Financial Conflict of Interest.
- Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS): Each year in the fall the SRI hosts an annual research symposium. All CRDP students are expected to submit an abstract to the symposium.
- Research Experience Reflection: A short reflection of the lessons learned and the impact the experience has had on your future career goals.
Although previous research experience is not necessary, Applicants must possess or demonstrate the following criteria to be eligible
- Strong interest in a career as a physician or allied health professional focused on whole body healthcare based on attention to the mind, body, and spirit of their future patients or a strong interest in a career that directly contributes to clinical research activities (i.e. computer technology, engineering, and psychology).
- Strong interest in science and the scientific method.
- Community service/leadership experience.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and technological).
- Excellent work ethic.
- Strong academic record.
- Broad-yet critically-minded.
- Demonstrated maturity.
How to Apply
To apply for a Clinical Researcher Internship, email the following materials to Charity Thomann or submit to
- Letter of Intent: Address the following in your letter.
- Reasons for interest in the program
- Academic/professional goals
- Personal interest in clinical and/or biomedical research
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two Letters of Recommendation: At least one letter must be from a faculty member who can speak to your academic ability. The second letter may be from another faculty member, employer or organization that you work with.
- Transcript: Send an official transcript showing the most recent courses taken.
Brian Degenhardt, DO
c/o Charity Thomann, MA
A.T. Still Research Institute
800 W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501