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Graduate Students in a Healthcare Professionial Field

Clinician Researcher Development Program for Graduate Students

The SRI is now accepting applications for Summer 2014

The Clinician Researcher Development Program (CRDP) is a great opportunity for graduate
students in a healthcare discipline to discover first-hand the broad spectrum of research activities being performed at the SRI and other ATSU entities.

The program is designed to give students a meaningful experience in the scientific method, from formulation of a question to the presentation of the study’s outcomes. Every effort is made to assign each participant to a faculty mentor whose research is of interest to that student.

The SRI offers the following CRDP programs

  • Summer Research Experience: Two-month research experience beginning late May or early June and ending mid July. Application due Feb 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.

  • Enhance your credentials for application to advanced professional training programs, internships, residencies, and fellowships.

  • Develop a strong network associations to maintain a career in clinical research.

  • Increase your ability to enter a career in clinical research. Enhance appreciation of evidence-based practices.

Program 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

    Brian Degenhardt, DO
    c/o Charity Thomann, MA 
    A.T. Still Research Institute 
    800 W. Jefferson Street
    Kirksville, MO 63501

  • Application

  • 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

  • Up-to-date CV

  • 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.